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Ancestry.com Pulls Ad that Social Media Outrage Mob Says 'Romanticizes' Slavery

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Ancestry.com has pulled an ad that some overly-sensitive souls say “romanticizes” slavery.

The ad depicts an interracial couple plotting an escape to “the North” so they can be together. Social media lit up in anger over the depiction of two people in love who were willing to go to great lengths to be free.

Not surprisingly, the perpetually outraged were, well, outraged.

My bad.

Inevitably, Ancestry.com bowed to the pressure.

USA Today:

In a statement, Ancestry.com said the ad has been removed from YouTube and is in the process of pulling it from television.

“Ancestry is committed to telling important stories from history. This ad was intended to represent one of those stories,” said the company in a statement. “We very much appreciate the feedback we have received and apologize for any offense that the ad may have caused.”

The ad was only “offensive” to people who get “offended” for a living.

Imagine waking up in the morning, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, having your breakfast, and then sitting down in front of the computer to begin your day.

Your job is to search the internet far and wide for something to be offended by. That’s it. You actually search for something — anything — that you could bend, fold, spindle, or mutilate into something “offensive” so you get to call out an individual, a company, a school — anybody — for harboring racist thoughts.

It’s pathetic when you think about it. And we should pity these people. They live lives of “quiet desperation” and must be terribly unhappy.

For most of us — even many black people — the last thing that the images in the ad evoked was a romanticization of slavery. The reaction of the outrage mob on social media is not normal behavior. It is sick, obsessive, and is based on false premises and assumptions.

But when did that ever stop them?