I believe you can tell why from the commercial why I want to talk about it. This wasn't the original commercial I had in mind, but the fact that there are two KFC commercials with the same controversy is a huge problem.
But I don't want to talk about the obvious controversy. I want to talk about racial controversies in general and how I respond to them on social media.
While we're on the topic, I made a video on the Alex Gardega and the Pissing Dog stature controversy. Check it out below:
I have several Facebook friends that are always posting their responses to controversial topics, as we all do. And I have to say, while I do agree with the statements these friends make about the controversy - most of the time - it's still very annoying that this is all they post.
Don't get me wrong, if you want to post on social media about #BLM or feminist topics, go right ahead. I'm not going to be one of those other annoying people that gets mad at people that are always talking about controversies. Social media is a platform for people to get their opinion out into the world, and I don't want to deny people that right. This is regardless if I agree with them or not.
But personally, I try to only post about controversial topics when one makes me absolutely offended, or when I can put a comedic twist on the story and get that #clickbait. (The YouTube streets are hard out here for a young thug a.k.a. small youtuber.)
With all of that being said, I would like to talk briefly about this KFC controversy.
I don't like the commercial. The actor is clearly in blackface and it's ridiculous that this practice is still a thing almost a century after it was "acceptable." Which, for people that make this claim, blackface was never acceptable, people just didn't speak out about it as much as they do now.
And that's why we need the annoying aunt that's always posting the God-fearing posts, or that friend from high school that's only ever on about controversial issues. We need people to speak up out injustices, whether you agree with them or not. Yes, we can learn to have a conversation instead of yelling at one another. But social media is freedom of speech in practice.
Honestly, I have a lot I could say about this commercial, but I'm sure everyone in the comments and on your Facebook can put my argument more eloquently, or even more crudely.
My goal with this post is not to bombard you with #Black Lives Matter (which is a movement I support). Instead, my goal is to get you thinking about how you talk about controversies online.
Do you agree with the way you take a stance against injustice? Do you wish you posted more or less about controversial topics? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to have a productive conversation about this.