Rioter W poses this question:
Check out this advertisement from the Tradies (similar language appears in their other advertising). Is there any way to interpret this other than as racist?
Good question W!
While the most obvious way to interpret this would be to assume that these ladies are looking for a club with only white people in it, there are ways to in which we can look at this ad where it does not appear quite so racist. Let’s have a look at them.
While the most obvious trait shared by most of the women in 90’s rap videos is the colour of their skin, one could look past then to some other obvious physical attributes. Perhaps the two ladies above are simply looking for a place where nobody has big butts and itty bitty waists? Perhaps these two fair women of discerning taste simply don’t like it when other women dress or dance provocatively. Imagine the two women in the above picture saying the lines in the intro to “Baby Got Back”, it works right?
This may not be racism, it may be simple sexist slut-shaming!
Rap music thematically is often associated with low income! Maybe these two women of fine breeding simply want to find a place where they won’t have to deal with anyone from a lower economic or social class from themselves!
Why deal with some nasty girls from the ghetto when you can spend time with the quality refined ladies of the Dickson Tradies club?
Can’t Touch This came out in 1990. Assuming the women dancing in the film clip were 20 or older, those dancers are now in their 40’s, and who wants to go to a club with old people in it?
Not these girls, that’s not who. Only young booty shakers may party with them!
So short answer: YES!
Long answer: YES! But none of them are any better, probably it’s a combo of all these things!
I just feel bad for the poor models who have had their faces used for this.