Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pop culture goulash

Once upon a time in Hong Kong there was a toothpaste called "Darkie." The logo was a very vaudeville-looking African-American man in a top hat and bow tie. In the 1980s someone finally realized this might be offensive, so the name was changed to "Darlie." The toothpaste (which tastes like crap) is still sold today:

A couple of days ago at a street market I stumbled upon this purse, which is shaped like a Darkie/Darlie toothpaste tube:

So here's the question: does someone at some factory in China have a surprisingly nuanced sense of irony, or did they just sub one African-American face for another?

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