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5 Racist Ads Exploiting Native Americans

Not everyone is thankful for Thanksgiving. Some are, in fact, very un-thankful.

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Copy: "We once were factious, fierce, and wild. To peaceful arts unreconciled; Our blankets smeared with grease and stains From buffalo meat and settlers' veins. From moon to moon unwashed we went; But Ivory Soap came like a ray Of light across our darkened way.

And now we're civil, kind, and good, And keep the laws as people should. We wear our linen, lawn, and lace As well as folks with paler face. And now I take, where'er we go, This cake of Ivory Soap to show What civilized my squaw and me,

And made us clean and fair to see."

If only Ivory could have scrubbed the red out of their skin.


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And then! There was this 2011 brilliant piece of film by unambiguous genius Harmony Korine, an ad called "Snowball" for designer Proenza Schouler. See, the two models are wearing Schouler clothing, so it's OK.

NSFW because of cunnilingus reference (wear headphones).