Since I’m Not In Enough Trouble Already

I found this over at Lady, That’s My Skull:

Something other than teabags that you can put in your mouth

As Sleestak says:

In 1958 Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies #8, under the Gold Key imprint, published a recipe for a “Tar Baby” treat as a one page fun feature. The snack, which kids could make at home or (I shudder to think) school, was a marshmallow creation covered with dark chocolate that resembles the sticky trap that Brer Rabbit ran afoul of in the Song of the South feature. In 1946 sheer ignorance and marketing inertia could explain the promotion of stereotyped caricatures of African-Americans though it would have been a little harder to justify in 1958. It could only have been utter stupidity when the decision was made to include the one-page recipe feature and reprint it in 1975 in Walt Disney’s Showcase #28. By the 1970s everyone involved should have known better.

In the interest of parity I changed the recipe to make it more representative of the contemporary South and included it in this post, which you can click on to make double-wide size for easy viewing. For those who prefer the “warts and all” approach to history the original can be viewed here.

I have a little more sense than Sleestak. I would never claim that this represents all or even most of the South. It just represents the teabaggers.

7 Responses to “Since I’m Not In Enough Trouble Already”

  1. Ken Says:

    For real stupidity, note that the treat has a hidden toothpick surprise! Any company publishing such a thing today would be asking for a lawsuit.

  2. Ron Britton Says:

    Song of the South isn’t the only Disney movie to feature offensive portrayals. Here’s a still from a scene deleted from the reissues of Fantasia:

    Well, it's somebody's fantasy

    In Disney’s defense, nobody knew any better back then. When taken in moderation, political correctness is a good thing (I’m planning an article on early political correctness, actually, if I can ever get the time to write it).

  3. sue blue Says:

    I wasn’t even born until five years after this little racist gem came out, but I remember reading “Little Black Sambo” and “Ten Little Indians” as a kid in the ’60’s. We lived in LA at the time and the Watts riots were going on and still none of the adults around me had any qualms about this sort of crap. I cringe even remembering it.

  4. Jeff Eyges Says:

    Apart from the racial stereotypes – isn’t that bestiality?

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    Apart from the racial stereotypes – isn’t that bestiality?

    There’s a reason “best” is in “bestiality”!!

    But seriously, the pickaninny is just a servant.

    Were you referring to how we got the human/animal hybrids in the first place? That was probably from Billy Bob boning his horse in the barn.

    If you go to that Sociological Images article, they make another interesting point:

    …note that, in the film as released, all of the centaurs end up in color-matched heterosexual pairs.

  6. Jeff Eyges Says:

    Oh, I’m sure!

    Went to the article; the clips have been removed from YouTube due to “copyright claim”!

    You know, if it were to be released today with the offensive scenes included, I’m sure the fundies would overlook the obvious blasphemy of a human-horse hybrid. However, if it were remade with interracial centaur couples, or, worse, with a non-white centaur in charge – well, you know what the response would be.

    But it isn’t about race, no, sir!

  7. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Despite the obviously racist imagery, the fact that the still shows a “black” centaurish thing flirting with a “white” centaurish thing is really quite cool for its day. In fact, it’s entirely possible that the animators were attempting to make a progressive statement on race for their day. Unfortunately, they did it in bad taste with the stereotypical portrayal of black people in a disgusting racist way. But despite that, I think that the original animation showing a “mixed race” flirting segment is pretty cool.