Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The assimilation of Negro Francie.

(click image, via) Barbie's new Mod Squad. Not pictured: Dark Donnie, Ken's new soul friend. From a Mattel ad in the December 1967 Family Circle. Dedicated to T.A.N. previously in retro ad racism: Slack Power!

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Context as we say, is everything.

Can't fault Mattel, it did not have then the vast more ethno-centric, highly original and creative names pool to draw from that we have today thanks to Jerry Springer and Maury Povich.

Here's a partial first names list of Afro-American women that have appeared on the aforementioned TV shows:
Aisha, Roshumba, Shamieka, Tawanna,Te-Te, Tomka, Lashanda, Markquita, Garcelle, Epatha, Aquanetta, Kimone, Reesheemah, Dejah, Vahentina, Repelus, Vescepia, La Quanda, Zanetta, and on and on.

8:28 PM  
OpenID Cappy said...

GD One: "Well, why can't she be the regular Francie and the other one be the 'white' Francie?"

GD Two: "Well, that'd be just silly!"

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THEN:
(Dark Donnie, Ken's new soul friend)

NOW:
(dark becomes redundant, any of the following will do)
Tyree, Jamar, Demore, Torusunto, Keeshan, Letrell, Diandre, Lebaron, Jaek Won, Ashonte, Dontrial, Lydell, Modo, Brizona, and on and on.

10:13 AM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Anon: you stay classy.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Just like "Black Barbie" but Negro was the correct term at the time.

If she'd been a 70s doll, she would have been "Black Francie"

I'm torn. The name is silly, but I'm glad to see that black girls had the chance to buy a pretty fashion doll.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Sister Toldja said...

I am pretty sure TAN woulda chopped Negro Francie's head off and spent his QT with the other two dolls or at least that's what his blog leads one to believe.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Heff said...

LMAO !!!

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please remove this scan from your blog. My profile clearly states "no blogging" for any of my photos or scans.

I would appreciate it.

11:05 AM  
Blogger .::STELLA*DELLA::. said...

THESE COMMENTS WERE TOOO DAMN FUNNY!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for just stealing a copy of my scan instead of removing it like I asked.

Nice.

2:15 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

It's removed. Happy? I've had my content stolen left and right, but I don't give a fucking shit.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, happy. Thanks. If you've had your stuff stolen, then perhaps you should ask folks to not use it.

7:32 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Well like I said, I DON'T GIVE A FUCKING SHIT. Did you invent Negro Francie?

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I didn't. Did you invent being rude?

9:58 PM  
Blogger T.A.N. said...

Anon: actually, I do think Copy may have invented "being rude"

he's particularly ornery when forced to parse someone's "scan" vs. someone else's "stolen"

2:20 PM  

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