Remember three years ago, when a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family attracted so many ignorant remarks on the brand’s YouTube page that General Mills opted to disable the spot’s comments section? (Even though, overall, reaction to the ad was highly positive.) Well, the Internet trolls have reemerged from their xenophobic caves to once again attack an awesomely inclusive ad.
To promote its #ThankYouEvent, Old Navy tweeted out a photo Sunday afternoon of a gorgeous interracial family (helmed by basketball-wielding badass model Grace Mahary) sharing a moment in their affordable fashions. Cries of miscegenation — a term coined during the American Civil War in a pamphlet entitled: Miscegenation: The Theory of the Blending of the Races, Applied to the American White Man and Negro, we should mention — lit up the Twittersphere, while champions of the ad rose up to shut down the haters. Unsuprisingly, #OldNavy started trending. (more…)