Shirt Stains: Wow That’s Racist

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Disney has a long history of using racist characters in their movies. While they don’t quite reach the Uncle Remus level of pure are-you-fucking-kidding-meness, the crows from Dumbo are pretty damn racist. That’s not a matter of opinion. That’s not people being overly sensitive. Disney tries to cram in as many stereotypes as possible with the crows. They’re presented as poor, lazy, jive-talking soft-shoe dancers straight out of the KKK’s nightmares. The crows are an animated exaggerated minstrel show, voiced by white actors doing their best Al Jolson impression. Still think it’s not that bad? The main crow is named Jim Crow. Jim. Fucking. Crow. They might has well have named him Whites Only Water Fountain Crow.

So why the history lesson in Disney’s forehead-slapping past? Thanks to the Philly-based hardcore band Blacklisted, not only do we get to relive these racist stereotypes, we actually get a version that’s more racist. These crows are decked out in the finest 70’s pimp clothes this side of Taxi Driver, and it’s implied that they’re stoned with the X’s on their eyes and the stars above them. The crows are presented as dark as possible, with exaggerated features. You can practically hear the crows shouting “Mammy!” It’s like a triple-decker racist sandwich.

What is the audience for this shirt? Angry jocks with tattoos of their crew on the back of their skulls? If it’s supposed to be a joke (LOLLOL We’re called “Blacklisted” and we have a shirt with black stereotypes LOLOLOL), then it’s not funny. Some may want to scream “OMG STFU PC SJW JFK UFO!” and other acronyms, but there has to be some willful ignorance going on to make and sell this. If this is all a big misunderstanding or I’m missing something, I would love to hear why. Not a lot of room is left up to interpretation.

In my younger days when I was still throwing spinkicks and windmilling, I bought Blacklisted’s Our Youth Is Wasted EP. It was a nice short burst of aggressive hardcore. My interest in the band was drained when I saw them live at Hellfest and observed their close association with FSU. At the show, bleachers were set up for people to watch bands without the fear of getting punched in the back of the head. Blacklisted’s vocalist made it a point to tell the angry bros in the crowd to knock the crowd off the bleachers. A crowd that included teens and women. I sold their EP not too long after. Looks like I made the right decision after seeing this shirt.

In an interview, Blacklisted vocalist George Hirsch said, “I do not condone unnecessary acts of violence, but I would have to say that hardcore for me stands out musically at its most violent, its most unpredictable. You want something that you can feel and lets you know that you are there.” Oh, well that makes it all better. I guess he was just letting people know he was there.

Strom Thurmond was buried in this shirt. This shirt says it’s “just playing Devil’s advocate” at least twice a day. This shirt’s favorite movie is The Birth Of A Nation. This shirt has Hulk Hogan’s rant as it’ ringtone. This shirt still studies phrenology. This shirt wears a Confederate Mushroomhead mask.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Just one shirt?? I’m so flaccid…..

  • Don Henley’s Ego

    That is very racist.

  • DCLXVI

    My two year old son LOVES dumbo….I think I’ve seen it several hundred times now

    • Don Henley’s Ego

      I enjoyed it when I watched it. The scene with drunk Dumbo was so bizarre..

      • DCLXVI

        it’s a really sad movie.

        • Don Henley’s Ego

          It is but at least they don’t kill the mother as I used to think. Bambi still makes me cry when the mother gets shot.

          • DCLXVI

            venison is delicious

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            DCLXVI plz!

          • spoiler alert!

      • Sir Tapir The Based :]

        I can stand the sight of worms and look at microscopic germs but technicolor pachyderms is really too much for me

  • What a great day for metal! New Cattle Decap, new Krisiun…

    • God

      New krisiun goes fucking hard. And Travis Ryan is a goddamn monster on the new cattle decap. gives me chills

      • Fuck, yes. I’m gonna listen to both albums back-to-back right now.

        I know the new Krisiun isn’t THAT awesome but it’s still Krisiun. I had no expectations of them one-upping The Great Execution because that was a freaking masterpiece.

    • old_man_doom

      Chelsea Wolfe too

  • Tyree

    Well it’s “Hardcore” so… It’s all shit.

    • Don Henley’s Ego

      Not all hardcore is bad. I like Madball and Turnstile and such.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Fucking Madball??

        • Maik Beninton™

          U mad bral?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I’m mad……………………..balls……………….

        • Don Henley’s Ego

          They’re from my area. I don’t like them as much as band such as All Out War and Crumbsuckers but I still enjoy them.

      • Sir Tapir The Based :]
        • Don Henley’s Ego

          Are they Finnish hardcore? I’ll give them a listen.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Yeeep. From the 90s. Great live band.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            I enjoyed that song. I’ll have to listen to more of their stuff.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Their debut album Satuja ja Tarinoita is their best.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            I’ll give it a listen. Do you know if it’s online anywhere?

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            It was recently remastered. It’s on spotify and you can find at least some of the songs on that album from the channel that uploaded that video.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            Excellent. I’ll give it a listen.

        • The xylophones on this rule hard!

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            It’s one of my tip top ten albums of all time.

      • KJM

        Nah, you want the good Hardcore, you gotta go back to the early-mid 80s.

        • Don Henley’s Ego

          So bands like Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits and Crumbsuckers? I do enjoy Cause For Alarm…

          • KJM

            Gang Green, SS Decontrol, Dead Kennedys(of course). There’s others but those are the ones I know best. Are the Cro-Mags still considered Hardcore? Seen them at least once.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            I’ve heard of Gang Green and I do like Dead Kennedys.

          • KJM

            I’ve seen Gang Green at least twice that I remember.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            Never seen them. I think they’re still a band though.

          • KJM

            I saw them nearly 30 years ago. I have no clue what they’re doing now, if anything.

          • more beer

            SS Decontrol are like the grand daddys of FSU. They were like the very first militant straight edge guys..

          • Crumbsuckers were fucking awesome.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            They’re doing a show in my area but it’s the same day as a Cannibal Corpse show.

          • See Crumbsuckers. Cannibal Corpse is always touring so you’ll have plenty of chances to see them.

          • Don Henley’s Ego

            I will.

        • Or Deez Nuts

          • KJM

            goteeeem!!

          • KJM

            I actually remember being in Harvard Sq circa 1993 and overhearing a bunch of those nitwits talking about how they were gonna go to the Hatch Shell later and start shit at that free Green Day show. At the time, I assumed they were just joking.

        • Guppusmaximus

          I only ever cared for Crossover acts like DRI, Deliverance, Devastation, Mucky Pup,etc..

  • slipjackthewanderer

    Without doing any research I’m almost positive that exact picture was used in association with The Black Crowes first album either in the liner notes or somewhere else.

    • Guppusmaximus

      Yea, I could’ve sworn I saw it on one of their concert shirts, but, that was long ago and I was never a fan.

  • Hardcore crews are stupid. Hope that whoever beat that kid up in Philly goes down hard. Those dudes ruin their beloved “scene” with their thug antics.

  • old_man_doom

    Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is FSU? I assume it’s some group with racist ideologies…

    • Tyree

      Florida State University.

      • Pierre Generic

        Nah, Florida State University has rapist ideologies, not racist ideologies.

    • Friends Stand United (alternatively “Fuck Shit Up”)

      • KJM

        I’ve never heard it called “Friends Stand United” except in the press.

    • A predominantly white gang that says they’re against racism.

      • KJM

        You might be thinking of SHARPs.

        • That’s another one. They’re more militant about it, I guess.

          • KJM

            Bigtime.

    • KJM

      A bunch of closeted Nazis who think they’re a “gang”.

    • Fuck Shit Up – tremendous amounts of brain cells were at work when they came up with that one.

  • Woah, a lot of things lost in translation.

    I never thought my old Disney movies were racists lol.

    • Tyree

      I never thought children could become He-Man by putting on a t-shirt, and then become Bob Saget. It’s all quite complicating.

      http://p.fod4.com/p/media/8d475c3d20/s0xol1bjRlSqh5nv12og_He%20Man%20Saget.gif

      • Yeah, but at least Englsh is your native language.

        I was seeing all those nazi movies trying to kill me because of my skin color and culture and I wasn’t aware of it!

        • Tyree

          Well, I was too young to realize much was racist when I saw these movies. It wasn’t until later on that I realized. Crazy how kids laugh at this stuff and we just act like it’s no big deal most of the time.

          • Yeah, media content is serious deal that always got minimized because it’s ‘just entertainment’.

            We have several cases of soap operas or TV shows (like that Maury or Springer show you have) in which they only perpetuate social roles for each social class. Which is very disturbing because people really believe it and repeat it.

      • Guppusmaximus

        The power of Underoos is fan-fucking-tastic!!

    • Crows from Dumbo – racial stereotypes (speech, mannuerisms etc.)
      Shirt – Stereotypes made worse with more stereotypes.

    • KJM

      Look up “Song Of The South”. KSoFM just posted it. It’s easily Disney’s worst offender when it comes to racism.

      • Yeah, I saw it. But, somewhat, it’s kind of difficult to me to realize about it because it is a very US-thing.

        • KJM

          I think you can grasp having your culture stereotyped as lazy, ignorant, dishonest, and wanting to do nothing except sing and dance all day.

          • Ouch!

          • KJM

            Here’s another, lesser known but far more blatant, example of this.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UacUR7bPnMM

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I almost posted that one.

          • KJM

            Some truly vile shit, right there.

          • Ummm, yeah, it’s very cartoonish.

            Weird enough, we have several of those types of media (TV, movies, books) here, but people never got mad of it. For example, there was this mexican comic that was called Memin Pinguin and it was very popular and kids loved it, from what she said.

            http://meminpinguin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/banner_image2.png

            Also, lol: “Comments have been disabled due, well due to people acting like asses on the internet”.

          • KJM

            As you say, it’s very much a US thing because of our history of slavery. The heavy inference is that Blacks were better off as slaves because they’re too lazy, ignorant, and primitive to be free.

          • That’s pretty harsh.

            Well, we have more classism that racism (In Venezuela is very low right now because the classes have been glued together due the crisis). But, it is a different kind of segregation in the end.

            I hope the US can reconcile with those juvenile issues. The entire world have so many problems right now, and give the position of your country in the global ‘politricks’ (jajaja!), it would be really positive that racism was just a forgotten lesson of the past.

          • KJM

            It’ll get a lot worse here before it gets better. Count on it.

          • Well, hopes can be in vain sometimes, but the intention is what it counts.

          • KJM

            I hope so too, and it won’t affect me for a while if things get worse because I live in Happy Freakin’ Valley compared to much of The US, but I’m not confident.

          • Our country is a classic case of “do as I say, not as I do.” We preach freedom, peace, and equality but can’t even accomplish those here at home.

          • Well, you’re busy shooting freedom with tanks and eagles and shit, jajaja.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Tapir is very sad because the second largest party in the current Parliament of Finland has multiple cases of racist members. Recently one of them released a statement about how multiculturalism is horrible and there is only room for the white Finns in Finland. Then neo-nazis beat people up in Jyväskylä.

          • Wtf, that’s sick.

            I just hate that Northern Europe countries forget how rich is their culture and mix the national/cultural pride for segregation and racism.

            Stab them (or vote against them). I don’t want to get beat up if I ever go to visit ya 🙁

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Just recently there was also a case where a 15 year old girl got raped. People immediately started saying that dark skinned immigrants did it. It was later found out that it was done by a pure blooded Finn. Rape is a horrible crime and these bastards are using it to justify their racist ideology. I hate it when people say that we Finns are very tolerant country. There’s still plenty of racism here.

          • Malted Hate

            Holy fucking shit.

          • KJM

            Makes ‘Song Of The South’ look like ‘The Cosby Show’.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Me neither, I never stopped to think about it because I only watched those movies as a kid and never watched them again.

      • I watched some in my teen days and I didn’t realized about it.

  • Count_Breznak

    Americans are weird.

    • I say that to them everytime and they just laugh.

      • KJM

        No, I agree with you.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I think you mean humans.

      • Count_Breznak

        Point taken, I always forgot those two differ.

        • God

          That’s why I love you little fuckers

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Disgustache
  • Are those supposed to be like the Dumbo crows or just a couple of cartoon crows?

  • Malted Hate

    Those crows always remind me of that scene in Fritz the Cat… Can’t remember how it was used in the movie but maybe its was a subversive use of this stereotype.

    This is not subversive though, just stupid.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Tyree
  • Disgustache

    Just found this band. Serious death metal from Japan. Not that baby metal shit you hear about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF-PCe3–6I

    • Guppusmaximus

      It makes you appreciate the vocalists from bands like Suffocation, Pestilence, Carcass…

    • Undead Karate Poopoo Samich

      Awesome band! You might like these guys as well, and they’re in my opinion Japan’s best death metal band.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryVWlR15Rbw

  • I really wish that I could get a steriotypical southern black lady to narrate my life. Morgan Freeman would work as well. I need to stop going to sleep so late.

  • Steven Wernowsky

    The print is an old Black Crowes shirt design. Pretty sure it’s supposed to be members of the band as crows.

  • Jonboy1974

    The artwork on the shirt is not a new spin on Dumbo. It comes from the album artwork for the “Hard to Handle” single by psychedelic, blues/rock band The Black Crowes, who found fame in the early 90’s. The artwork depicts two of the bands members, in their own clothing, high as a kite (as they usually were.) You could debate the racist qualities of Chris Robinson and The Black Crowes for choosing the name at all. I dunno, is the word “Black,” racist, in and of itself? I’m sure you have an opinion on that. I don’t. Just make sure that you have your cultural references and artwork origins straight before you start.