Racism. Privilege. Teaching yoga in Africa because you’re afraid of your black neighbors. All pretty “safe” talking points, right? Good lord! Sometimes the week just has a mind of its own.
Anyway, sticking with our unofficial theme for this week, here are two videos that demonstrate a little race role reversal.
The first one is titled “Africa for Norway,” and was passed along in the comments on Monday by “Anna.” It more or less speaks for itself:
The second video is from South Africa and was, I believe, banned for being too offensive (there is scant info on this). I’m not sure if that’s true, or which community was actually offended, but it was a semi-big deal when it came out. For those who are not familiar with the SA cultural signifiers in this commercial, I’ll explain: The white people are playing the role of the black people. Pretty straight forward.
On the whole I find role reversal videos to be great places for people in the privileged classes to start looking at racial issues they may be unaware of. Sometimes this approach backfires, however, like when a rich white kid does a school project on the homeless and lives on “the streets” for a night, and then writes a paper about how they “were homeless for a night.” Again, a great place to start, but spending twenty-four hours wandering the blocks does not a homeless person make. Might make a pretty effing frightened rich white kid with a new appreciation for having a lawn to cut, but that whole you-can-go-back-home bit sorta gets in the way.
On a kinda unrelated, but still cool, note: I started looking around the internet and found two more banned South African commercials. All very intense stuff.
This one is about immigration and a kind of Applebee’s-style restaurant called Nando’s:
And, this one is about education:
Now what was that yoga rave supposed to accomplish again?