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9 Vintage Ads That Are So Ridiculously Racist and Sexist They'd Be Banned Today

The PC police are out of control these days. It seems freedom of speech is under attack over the slightest things. But these ads are not that. Let’s just say they more than push the envelope! Here are my top picks for ads from over the years that would never fly today and may just leave you with your jaw on the floor in disbelief.

9. Ancient Chinese Secret

Who doesn’t remember this ad from the ’70s? Is it true that Chinese people own dry cleaning businesses?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJP5f-fsHrs

8. Aunt Jemima Pancakes

This ad is back from a time when some of our history wasn’t so great. The heirs of Aunt Jemima have filed a $2 billion lawsuit against Quaker Oats for damages.

7. Weyenberg Massagic Shoe Ad

This one seems self-explanatory. Women have come a long way…

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6. Love’s Baby Soft

This was the first perfume I ever owned. This ad is disturbing on so many levels.

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5. Sega Game Gear

I was and still am a gamer and I have never come across this ad! Please file this under gross!

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4. Mr. Leggs Slacks

Here’s an ad for men’s pants. Would this fly today? Here is the beginning of the copy for the ad: “Though she was a tiger lady, our hero didn’t have to fire a shot to floor her. After one look at his Mr. Leggs slacks, she was ready to have him walk all over her…”

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3. Rice Council of America

“Did you ever see a fat Chinese?” Well, maybe you’d better eat more rice? No Asian stereotypes here or anything.

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2. Van Heusen Men’s Shirts

One of these men just doesn’t belong. Can you tell which one?

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1. KFC Chicken

Doesn’t everyone like fried chicken? This stereotype dates back to slave days when chicken was an easy dish to serve them.