SUNDAY SMACK: WHAT ABOUT THIS CHINESE WASH-THE-BLACK-OFF COMMERCIAL?

chinese qiaobi laundry soap commercial racist

My friend Anisha Moon, a musician (you can see her here, trading lyrics with Leon Ware), and entrepreneur, posted this Chinese laundry detergent commercial on her Facebook page. Here’s the story flow.

1. An Asian woman is washing clothes.

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2. An African descendent man appears, apparently taking a break from painting.

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3. And he finds the woman hot, or at least desirable.

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4. The woman signals the man to come closer and he obeys, assuming the party’s about to go down.

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5. Instead, the woman puts a
laundry detergent capsule inside the man’s mouth, and stuffs them in the washing machine.

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6. The woman chills until the wash cycle ends …

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7. … opens the washer and out pops an Asian man, or her version of a hottie, with no paint stains on him.

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This week Sunday Smack raises 3 questions.

First — do you think the commercial was racist?

Second — did the commercial make you angry?

Third — look at the two embedded videos below. One of them is the commercial I just described and the second is a similar commercial, except produced in Italy years earlier. Do you think both commercials are racist?

Song currently stuck in my head: “this wheel’s on fire” – the byrds

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