Actor Ben Stein showed his cards recently when he went viral for saying he misses ‘Aunt Jemima’ on his syrup.
More specifically he said:
We used to make breakfast for dinner, Aunt Jemima’s yummy pancake syrup, and now this used to show a large African woman chef, but because of the inherent racism of America’s corporate culture, they decided to make it a white person or maybe no person at all. But I prefer it to be a black person showing their incredible skill at making pancakes.
When the bigots stand up and say ‘here I am’…
This is a cringe video of Ben Stein saying he preferred the “large Black lady” showing her skills making pancakes on his syrup bottle. 😬
Why make this video? 🙄
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) February 21, 2023
Now, Aunt Jemima is trending as people on Twitter discuss how problematic Ben’s video is.
According to CNN In early 2021 Quaker Oats released a new name and logo for its “Aunt Jemima” products, finally retiring the racist stereotype that has adorned its pancake mixes and syrups for decades.
The name “Aunt Jemima,” long criticized as a racist caricature of a Black woman stemming from slavery, will be replaced with the Pearl Milling Company name and logo on the former brand’s new packaging, according to parent company PepsiCo.
“We are starting a new day with Pearl Milling Company,” a PepsiCo spokesperson said. “A new day rooted in the brand’s historic beginnings and its mission to create moments that matter at the breakfast table.”
PepsiCo attorneys purchased the brand name and logo trademarks for Pearl Milling Company on February 1. Trademark attorney Josh Gerben of Gerben Perrott, PLLC in Washington DC spotted the filing Monday morning.
Nancy Green, born a slave, and after being the original Aunt Jemima, worked as a housekeeper until she was unable and then died a poor woman.
That’s polite speak for suggesting Ben Stein should go fucc off. All the way off. https://t.co/dsDJeZwebx
— LadyBirdNiceAF (@purplehullpea) February 22, 2023
For those too young to know the sick history of Aunt Jemima read up. Make no mistake Ben Stein and those his age know the racist history very well. pic.twitter.com/3B0tzRHXVG
— Peak Process (@Peak_Process) February 22, 2023
Aunt Jemima is trending because Ben Stein is sad reminiscing about his youth because the Pearl Milling Company decided to remove the racist imagery they used on their packaging?🥴
— Charli Huxley (@ImKnotTheOne) February 22, 2023
Ben Stein, who once said Obama was the most racist President ever, prefers to see a “large African American woman chef” on his syrup bottle.
One more week of elevated #BHM ignorance before we get back to regular ole ignorance. Stay up, fam.
— Renee (@PettyLupone) February 21, 2023
If Ben wants to see an African American woman on a bottle of pancake syrup so bad he should try this one by Michele Hoskins.
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