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SelesFan70
Jun 29th, 2005, 08:44 PM
Mexican stamp called offensive to blacks

Wednesday, June 29, 2005; Posted: 2:23 p.m. EDT (18:23 GMT)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- The Mexican government has issued a postage stamp depicting an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin, just weeks after remarks by President Vicente Fox angered U.S. blacks.

The series of five stamps released for general use Wednesday depicts a child character from a comic book started in the 1940s that is still published in Mexico.

The boy, hapless but lovable, is drawn with exaggerated features, thick lips and wide-open eyes. His appearance, speech and mannerisms are the subject of kidding by white characters in the comic book.

Activists said the stamp was offensive, though officials denied it.

"One would hope the Mexican government would be a little more careful and avoid continually opening wounds," said Sergio Penalosa, an activist in Mexico's small black community on the southern Pacific coast.

"But we've learned to expect anything from this government, just anything," Penalosa said. In May, Fox riled many by saying that Mexican migrants take jobs in the United States that "not even blacks" want.

Fox expressed regret for any offense the remarks may have caused, but insisted his comments had been misinterpreted.

Carlos Caballero, assistant marketing director for the Mexican Postal Service, said the stamps are not offensive, nor were they intended to be.

"This is a traditional character that reflects part of Mexico's culture," Caballero said. "His mischievous nature is part of that character."

However, Penalosa said many Mexicans still assume all blacks are foreigners, despite the fact that at one point early in the Spanish colonial era, Africans outnumbered Spanish in Mexico.

"At this point in time, it was probably pretty insensitive" to issue the stamp, said Elisa Velazquez, an anthropologist who studies Mexico's black communities for the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

"This character is a classic, but it's from another era," Velazquez said. "It's a stereotype and you don't want to encourage ignorance or prejudices."

The 6.50-peso (60 cent) stamps -- depicting the character in five poses -- was issued with the domestic market in mind, but Caballero noted it could be used in international postage as well.

A total of 750,000 of the stamps will be issued.

Ben Vinson, a black professor of Latin American history at Penn State University, said he has been called "Memin Pinguin" by some people in Mexico. He also noted that the character's mother is drawn to look like an old version of the U.S. advertising character Aunt Jemima.
The stamps are part of a series that pays tribute to Mexican comic books. Memin Pinguin, the second in the series, was apparently chosen for this year's release because it is the 50th anniversary of the company that publishes the comic.

Publisher Manelick De la Parra told the government news agency Notimex that the character would be sort of a goodwill ambassador on Mexican letters and postcards. "It seems nice if Memin can travel all over the world, spreading good news," de la Parra said, calling him "so charming, so affectionate, so wonderful, generous and friendly."

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/WORLD/americas/06/29/mexico.stamp.ap/story.stamp3.ap.jpg

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/06/29/mexico.stamp.ap/index.html

This is an official government issued stamp.... :eek:

le bon vivant
Jun 29th, 2005, 09:48 PM
Well damn.

*abby*
Jun 29th, 2005, 10:03 PM
omg is mexico stuck in the mid 1900s????

Denise4925
Jun 29th, 2005, 10:23 PM
Oh My God!!! :eek: That's just too much.

Cariaoke
Jun 29th, 2005, 10:29 PM
i didn't know things were that bad in Mejico. Welp, there goes my trip to Cancun.

SelesFan70
Jun 29th, 2005, 10:31 PM
i didn't know things were that bad in Mejico. Welp, there goes my trip to Cancun.

You can come to the beaches of South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is a great place to go. :D

Cariaoke
Jun 29th, 2005, 10:35 PM
I live in Georgia... going to SC is like going up the street. :spit: :p

Denise4925
Jun 29th, 2005, 10:41 PM
I wonder how Mexico would feel if we put the Frito Bandito on our stamp commorating the 50th anniversary of Lay's Potato Chips. :p

Rocketta
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:10 AM
Well damn.

I know right!??? :lol:

not much you can say to that it's evident and in your face. :o

Rocketta
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:11 AM
I live in Georgia... going to SC is like going up the street. :spit: :p

yeah but you go to Myrtle Beach and you are only 30+ miles away from me. ;)

Scotso
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:12 AM
I agree it's pretty bad... but not many people complain about the braindead cartoon women with huge boobs... and other things.

Cariaoke
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:16 AM
yeah but you go to Myrtle Beach and you are only 30+ miles away from me. ;)
oh snap!

I might have to go... party over at Rocke's :dance: :banana: :woohoo:

Wigglytuff
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:19 AM
Mexican stamp called offensive to blacks

Wednesday, June 29, 2005; Posted: 2:23 p.m. EDT (18:23 GMT)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- The Mexican government has issued a postage stamp depicting an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin, just weeks after remarks by President Vicente Fox angered U.S. blacks.

The series of five stamps released for general use Wednesday depicts a child character from a comic book started in the 1940s that is still published in Mexico.

The boy, hapless but lovable, is drawn with exaggerated features, thick lips and wide-open eyes. His appearance, speech and mannerisms are the subject of kidding by white characters in the comic book.

Activists said the stamp was offensive, though officials denied it.

"One would hope the Mexican government would be a little more careful and avoid continually opening wounds," said Sergio Penalosa, an activist in Mexico's small black community on the southern Pacific coast.

"But we've learned to expect anything from this government, just anything," Penalosa said. In May, Fox riled many by saying that Mexican migrants take jobs in the United States that "not even blacks" want.

Fox expressed regret for any offense the remarks may have caused, but insisted his comments had been misinterpreted.

Carlos Caballero, assistant marketing director for the Mexican Postal Service, said the stamps are not offensive, nor were they intended to be.

"This is a traditional character that reflects part of Mexico's culture," Caballero said. "His mischievous nature is part of that character."

However, Penalosa said many Mexicans still assume all blacks are foreigners, despite the fact that at one point early in the Spanish colonial era, Africans outnumbered Spanish in Mexico.

"At this point in time, it was probably pretty insensitive" to issue the stamp, said Elisa Velazquez, an anthropologist who studies Mexico's black communities for the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

"This character is a classic, but it's from another era," Velazquez said. "It's a stereotype and you don't want to encourage ignorance or prejudices."

The 6.50-peso (60 cent) stamps -- depicting the character in five poses -- was issued with the domestic market in mind, but Caballero noted it could be used in international postage as well.

A total of 750,000 of the stamps will be issued.

Ben Vinson, a black professor of Latin American history at Penn State University, said he has been called "Memin Pinguin" by some people in Mexico. He also noted that the character's mother is drawn to look like an old version of the U.S. advertising character Aunt Jemima.
The stamps are part of a series that pays tribute to Mexican comic books. Memin Pinguin, the second in the series, was apparently chosen for this year's release because it is the 50th anniversary of the company that publishes the comic.

Publisher Manelick De la Parra told the government news agency Notimex that the character would be sort of a goodwill ambassador on Mexican letters and postcards. "It seems nice if Memin can travel all over the world, spreading good news," de la Parra said, calling him "so charming, so affectionate, so wonderful, generous and friendly."

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/WORLD/americas/06/29/mexico.stamp.ap/story.stamp3.ap.jpg

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/06/29/mexico.stamp.ap/index.html

This is an official government issued stamp.... :eek:
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Black Mamba.
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:26 AM
Stunts like this only provide the people that dislike illegal immigrants with more members that would otherwise not join up if not for stunts like this.

Rocketta
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:28 AM
oh snap!

I might have to go... party over at Rocke's :dance: :banana: :woohoo:

eh, :unsure:, um maybe the party's not at Rocke's per say but at a very nice place on the beach. :tape: ;) :) :D


Ah you know i luv ya....I'd play hostess with the mostess for you any day. :wavey:

Cariaoke
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:31 AM
eh, :unsure:, um maybe the party's not at Rocke's per say but at a very nice place on the beach. :tape: ;) :) :D


Ah you know i luv ya....I'd play hostess with the mostess for you any day. :wavey:
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :hearts: :kiss:

Mojito's on the beach! You see how I am sober... :tape: *dead*

I wanna go to Charleston next year so maybe I'll see you then!

Rocketta
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:33 AM
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :hearts: :kiss:

Mojito's on the beach! You see how I am sober... :tape: *dead*

I wanna go to Charleston next year so maybe I'll see you then!

That's cool! We have a blast at Charleston! :yeah:

Hey as soon as you are sure that you are going let me know we'll coordinate. :p

Cariaoke
Jun 30th, 2005, 12:38 AM
Ok, sure thing. :D :bounce:

AkademiQ
Jun 30th, 2005, 01:12 AM
After Vincente's words this doesn't surprise me.

Crazy Canuck
Jun 30th, 2005, 03:22 AM
Holy shit :o

SelesFan70
Jun 30th, 2005, 03:31 AM
I live in Georgia... going to SC is like going up the street. :spit: :p

Come to Durham-Raleigh. I can put some white sand in the living room, make some drinks and we can watch old Venus tapes :hearts:

~ The Leopard ~
Jun 30th, 2005, 04:11 AM
If this comic is still published, do they still depict the character like that? The depiction is clearly racist.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 30th, 2005, 04:22 AM
That is horrid.

SelesFan70
Jul 1st, 2005, 05:29 PM
Mexico's Fox Says New Stamp Not Racist By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press Writer
8 minutes ago



MEXICO CITY - President Vicente Fox said Friday that U.S. activists who have called a new Mexican postage stamp racist do not understand the issue and should read the comic book on which it is based.

"They don't have information, frankly," Fox said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

U.S. black activists and the White House have criticized the stamp featuring Memin Pinguin, a black-faced image of a child that has been condemned as racist.

"All Mexico loves the character," Fox said, adding that he himself was fond of it.

He said White House spokesman Scott McClellan should have had more information before objecting to the stamp and calling it an example of racial stereotyping.

U.S. activists — including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and leaders of other civil rights and Latino organizations — also have criticized the stamp and urged that it be withdrawn.

Fox's spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, said the government "emphatically rejects these complaints, which are the products of lack of knowledge or people who want publicity."

He did not name those to whom he referred.

"By no means is Mexico considering the possibility" of withdrawing the stamp, Aguilar said, accusing critics of being "people who want to take advantage of this ... to seek publicity within American society."

The stamps were being offered on eBay at prices topping $200 for a full sheet. Hundreds of people lined up at Mexico City's main post office to buy them for 6.50 pesos — about 60 U.S. cents — when they went on sale Friday.