Observations of an Invisible Woman

She beat me to it so I reblogged it. Since I don’t follow television, I needed a little help. After seeing all the hoopla, I became angry and sick. So…do you agree that is was racist?

Innerstanding Isness

16 year-old Gabby Douglas won a gold medal in the women's gymnastics individual all-around event at the 2012 Olympics.

On Thursday night, just moments after 16 year-old Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in the women’s individual all-around event at the 2012 Olympics in London, NBC took a commercial break where they ran an ad for their upcoming show, “Animal Kingdom“. Keep in mind, this is a show NBC has been running ads for during the course of the first week of the Olympics. The ad features a monkey hanging on gymnastics rings.

Immediately after the ad was shown, social networking circles, particularly Twitter, blew up, claiming NBC was racist for showing a gymnastics monkey moments after an African-American girl won a gold medal at the Olympics. Before the break, anchor Bob Costas is talking about how Gabby’s victory could inspire more African-American girls to become interested in gymnastics and then, boom, the ad (which you can watch in the sidebar at left).

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  1. mary burrell on said:

    Thanks for considering this thread Sister. Thanks to Innerstandingness as well. They said It was unintentional. I don’t believe this. They (Ameriklan) want every and any opportunity to call black people monkeys. They thought they were being clever inserting this commercial spot in. But we all know better. Miss Gabby Douglas is the reigning new champion whether Ameriklan wants to admit it or not.

  2. I agree.

    I do not believe that this was an “accident.” Where whiteness is concerned, there are no accidents.

  3. tehnoun on said:

    How thick do they think people are? There is absolutely no way you could possibly do something like this by accident. It’s like those Obama sock monkeys or the “don’t re-nig” bumper stickers: there is absolutely no way anyone can be expected to believe you did such a thing without knowing it was racist.

  4. Dear Truth,

    I’m pressed for time and so I won’t be able to support my position at this moment. But I want to give my opinion: no I don’t think it was racist. When/if time clears up enough for me to give an adequate “why” to my position I will do so. But in the meantime for some reason i felt compelled to quickly give my opinion.

    Truth, i’d like to upfront about something. I think you and I are going to disagree often. You have a different general outlook than me. But I don’t want you to think that I’m ever trolling. I hope that initial ‘rough’ meeting at Abagond’s is behind us.

  5. This is obviously an important incident, but isn’t quite what I had in mind when talking about a post on Gabby. 😦

  6. @ sw6

    All is in the past. I’d to hear your reasons when you have the time.

  7. My good dr.

    What did you have in mind? Please feel free to add at will. I don’t follow TV so I may be missing a few things.

  8. Fiamma on said:

    It may or may not have been intentional; it doesn’t really matter.

    I have no particular knowledge of how these things are done, but I’d hazard a guess that whichever commercials will be shown and when they will be shown probably isn’t left to last minute decision-making (though in some instances that could actually be the case).

    Whites are already aware of their seemingly hardwired tendency to associate Blacks with monkeys, and the more intelligent ones are aware that this tendency is offensive to most Blacks. All that was necessary to avoid this current accusation of racial insensitivity was a little forethought on the part of the persons behind the commercial programming for the Olympics…that maybe it wasn’t a good idea to feature a monkey doing gymnastics as there was at least one Black gymnast scheduled to compete, and that the commercial could be construed as racist in nature.

    But NO…racist whites are good for using whichever vehicle at their disposal to air their racists beliefs and, when called it, will simply feign innocence and / or ignorance. These incidents are typically done in an underhanded / veiled manner, thus allowing whites to feign ignorance, and leaving the Blacks who complain about them to be viewed as troublemakers and malcontents.

    How many times has some white person made even an overtly racist remark and then still attempted to back away from it by feigning ignorance or some of load of garbage excuse?! If they try to back off their overt stuff, they’re going to make an even stronger effort to deny their covert stuff….

  9. @fiamma

    Good comments. That’s why I no longer excuse racism. People are well aware of who they are.

  10. funny thing is, long ago (about four years) a friend shared with me that these shenanigans also happen on UK sitcoms, where a black person will be discussed or shown, followed by a derogatory comment, animal talk or some type of enmity between the characters in the next.

  11. @ Omalone1

    The Networks are very in tune with how advertising and subliminal messages work.

  12. Kushite Prince on said:

    I want to believe it was an accident. But I know how good they are with subliminal messages. So you can’t put anything past these sick bastards. But of course NBC will say it wasn’t intentional. What else would they say?

  13. Tyrone on said:


    As with Venus and Serena, Gabby shattered the myth that blackwomen can’t excel in athletic events like tennis, swimming, gymnastics, figure-skating, etc. Whenever a black female whups whitewomen at their so-called game, Ameriklan has to throw salt in the game. I’ve noticed this obvious temper tantrum with respect to sistas who’ve won beauty pageants, reality-shows such as American Idol, Academy Awards, and so forth. The sista in question gets less hype than a white female every time without fail. NBC is owned by Comcast Cable, which has a shaky record when it comes to blackwomen anyway. They also own E’ Network, which shoves whitewashed blackmen with whitewomen down our throats on a daily basis. So, i’m not shocked that NBC would pull a bs stunt like this.


  14. @ Ty

    Anytime a black woman excels, whites need to demolish her in favour of the white princess.

    Nothing shocks me anymore.

  15. Mickey on said:

    It’s just like that ESPN fiasco involving the “Chink in the Armor” headline when they posted the title in reference to Jeremy Lin. They tried to make it seem like it was a mistake and unintentional. But no one actually thought to say, “Hey, wait a minute! If we use this headline, people might get the wrong impression and call us racists.”

  16. Any company who thinks it’s funny to dress up a monkey like a human is an asshole of a company.

  17. G wiz. It makes no difference. A Nig-Nog still is A Nig Nog is a JiggaBoo is a Darkie is a Coon is a Moon Cricket is A Sub-Species is a Non White

  18. Hardwired for sure. Sometimes I clown-out, as whites do, and believe me, they get defensive. By this, I mean I call blacks by racial slurs, and refer to them a “jungle bunnies” and so, who jumps to their defence? The whites who despise being reminded of their inner most thoughts and veiled contempt. Sure, they may bury it with proper conduct, but as the weekend football fixture demonstrated for the 2 billionth time, given the opportunitiy, the savage predisposition must re-surface

  19. I’m not sure about that. I think they are operate in allignment with global objectives and programmed goals

  20. @ omalone1 Your April 18th post may have just saved my ass. Great skills 🙂

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