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!


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  
Anonymous Anonymous 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...

(Dark Donnie, Ken's new soul friend)

(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 Daddy Squeeze Me! said...


1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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


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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