Got to wonder who was minding the store.
So, you think it should be someone's job to make sure that no commercial that involves an ape of any sort should follow a story, event, sketch, program, etc that features a black person?
What sort of commercials should never be run after an Asian person has appeared on the screen? What about after a Jew has been on screen?
I just don't think extemporaneous coverage of an event like the Olympics can be held to the same kind of standard as making sure that an airline commercial doesn't follow a segment of CSI that sees a plane crash as part of the story.
It's especially embarrassing that this clash involved a gymnast, and then went to a monkey specifically performing gymnastics. But I just can't buy into this having been an intentionally cruel or even a grossly insensitive oversight.
Should the creators or the network have looked at the spot and said to themselves, "Holy shit - we'd better make sure this never runs immediately after a black athlete has accomplished something in gymnastics?" I really don't know. Doesn't that DEMAND people make a mental link that I and many others find repugnant?
I may be wrong about this, and I DO see conflicts in the argument I just made above. But I just haven't heard or seen the argument that convinces me. I'm open to hearing it.
If nothing else, I AM sure that this is not as easy as some others seem to think it is.
I will admit it is probably an emotional response on my part, I happened to be at a friends house when I saw it, he is black, his wife is white, his cousin who is also black was there, and they weren't to happy about it. So yes, that influences how I feel about it. I didn't realize it was for a new show, so when I saw the commercial right after Bob Costas praising Gabby Douglas I thought it was strange. My friend just shook his head, his cousin was actually pretty pissed.
As for what type of commercial should or shouldn't be run, I think it would have to depend on what was happening in America at that point in time. Maybe I am expecting too much from TV programming, you are probably right, it probably wasn't intentional, but couldn't the commercial have waited until after Michael Phelp's win or something? I mean there is a long enough delay.
Just seemed like extremely bad judgement to me and I didn't like it.