Fellow ad guy Ransom at the Mental Floss blog dug up this bizarre Jell-O ad, reportedly from the 1960s. I’ll stop short of saying it’s overtly racist, mainly because I’ve seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But it’s definitely a strange look at how Americans viewed the Chinese back in the days of black-and-white television. I could get on my soapbox about how pop culture still has no qualms about stereotyping Asians, but I’m too distracted by the fact that this ad claims the spoon was invented so people could eat Jell-O. So it’s also kind of a dig at the Greeks and Egyptians.
—Posted by David Griner