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SpongeBob Goes Black

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Oh my!

http://www.freep.com/features/living/sponge13_20040213.htm

AN UN-FUNNY VALENTINE: Greeting card picture evokes race stereotype

February 13, 2004

BY JIM SCHAEFER
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

American Greetings Corp. calls it a regrettable printing error.

Somehow, boxes of SpongeBob SquarePants Valentine's Day cards are popping up in local Wal-Mart stores -- but the popular cartoon character found inside isn't his traditional yellow color.

He's black. And with his trademark big teeth and wide eyes, this SpongeBob seems similar to offensive images of African Americans portrayed in minstrel shows decades ago.

American Greetings officials said Thursday they were surprised and puzzled when the Free Press made them aware of a complaint about the product.

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Maybe it's a message of love from Evil Spongebob. He may have been so moved by Valentine's Day that he dicided to spread some love.
 

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Miller said the cards, which were printed and packaged in China, are mistakes, but she and other officials said they were trying to determine how that happened.

China, that says it all.
 
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