Ben Stein expresses how much he misses old aunt Jemima Bottle
Actor ben stone became a topic of discussion after a video showed him how much he misses the old Aunt Jemima Syrup bottle design. As previously reported, in 2021 the name and design were changed due to racial stereotypes…
The 78-year-old cursed the company’s bright culture for swapping out “a tall African-American chef” as the brand’s mascot, drawing social media attention in the process.
“Going to do something I do sometimes,” he says in the video, which looks like it was shot in his kitchen, “which is make breakfast for dinner. Aunt Jemima* delicious pancake syrup. This used to feature a great African American chef, but due to the inherent racism of American corporate culture, they chose to make it a white person or maybe not a person at all. But I preferred it if it was a black person showing off their amazing skill at making pancakes. So, God bless you all, have a nice evening.”
Ben seems unaware that the syrup is now called Pearl Milling Company Pancake Syrup after the Aunt Jemima brand was discontinued in 2021.
Some express anger at the Jemima family losing royalties collected in their names
Some expressed anger that “the decision to remove (her) Hame hurt a black family” in relation to royalties being collected for Jemima’s name and likeness.
“You don’t know how this decision to remove that name hurt a black family. Aunt Jemimas’ family aren’t getting royalties anymore because of all this fake outrage…you all don’t even care what’s real 😑”
Stein met with more supporters than critics after craving old Aunt Jemima bottles
But strangely, Stein’s comments drew much more support than contempt from the Black community.
“It’s a reach…he didn’t say much of anything out of the way. He was very clear in what he said about the label. I don’t think anything he said she has someone in her arms,” tweeted one commenter.
Another said: “I didn’t know where this was going but ultimately he didn’t say anything wrong.”
“You guys really need to stop, he didn’t say anything wrong,” wrote one commenter. “He said it doesn’t hit the same without that black magic 😂🔥”
Others questioned the syrup’s name change more than anything else.
“We all miss her. The new name is more offensive than Aunt Jemima. Pearl Milling Company sounds like a bit of Django 😂,” one person noted. “I kind of miss the original too and it doesn’t taste the same lol.”
“Aunt Jemima wasn’t just on the bottle, she was a cooking slave first,” noted one commenter
One commenter took the time to break down the situation and said that the proceeds from Aunt Jemima’s merchandise never went to her family.
“The total distancing from what Aunt Jemima was as a happily cooking Negro slave. She was painted in Mammy pictures for years when they softened her look in the ’80s. So most just see the new version and think it’s sleep.”
They went on to say that “they sold Aunt Jemima’s mummy dolls and her family was never paid for the likeness of this woman. Aunt Jemima wasn’t just on the bottle, she was a cooking slave first. So no black woman wants them on the bottle even if they watered down the image.”
What do you think, roomies? Do you have a problem with Ben Stein’s position on Aunt Jemima’s bottles? Or is it all completely exaggerated?
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