24 Incredibly Racist Vintage Ads
Ah, racism, it never really dies. Luckily it’s not nearly as blatant today as it has been for much of the past. If you want proof, just take a look at all of these racist vintage advertisements. Do you think any of them would be acceptable today?
Be sure to let us know which one is the worst in the comments below.
Racist epithet? Yup. Offensive stereotype? Yup. Horribly racist pun? Yup. This is like a home run for racism.
So, in some ways this ad is complimentary to the Japanese people. Sadly that compliment is based on misinformation and the derogatory use of a shortened version of Japanese.
Yeah, we get it, we were at war with Japan at the time. It still doesn’t make this any less racist.
Because of course black people couldn’t use proper English. *eye roll*
Because only a savage wouldn’t wear something made by an incredibly racist company.
As delicious as watermelon ice cream sounds, we wouldn’t buy from a company who is this obvious in its prejudice.
Yes, we have. Oh, and the Chinese also eat things other than rice.
Oh, so black people only need to use your brand of soap and they’ll magically be white? And white is better!
No. Just no.
The white man’s burden is that we’ll eventually have to own up to our racist past.
Oh, a black man serving white folks using broken English. How original…
The words “this” and “over” are apparently very difficult to pronounce.
That’s the worst example of blackface we’ve ever seen.
We’re just shaking our heads. We do have to give it to them for the Wright/Right Brothers pun.
This ad, besides being racist, doesn’t even make sense.
Because the illiterate black woman trope isn’t tired enough…
It’s authentic because it has feathers in it. And you know, all American Indians wore the same type of headdress. Duh!
Cliché appearance? Yup! Cliché mispronunciation of a common word? Youbetcha.
It’s so nice of your to give the help some help. Oh, and if you’re poor it’s good for you too, lady whose husband is the breadwinner so of course she stays home all day and does the dishes, because apparently he’s incapable.
Racism and sexism in one ad! Kudos, GE. Kudos.
Obscenely racist caricatures are nothing new.
We don’t even know where to begin.
Again with the offensive caricatures. Really, we get it.
Implying that black people are dirty is very classy.
Nobody in the office here at Fanboy Report could figure out what the fuck this ad is even saying. No. Fucking. Clue.