Arts Racist Bubble Tea?
A few days ago, I purchased some bubble tea at the Gossip Espresso & Tea outpost in the U District (the store sign still says Gingko’s). While the tea was delicious, the picture which met my eye every time I bent down to my straw was a bit dismaying:
Here it is up close:
Yes, indeed, those are LITTLE RACIST BABIES! (Those white lines around their eyes and mouth are classic methods of representing blackface in drawings.) They bear an uncanny resemblance, in fact, to the popular Gold Dust Twins, another set of little racist caricatures in tutus used to sell soap powder in another era. For example:
Now, I love bubble tea, and I understand that this lid was likely manufactured on a continent in which these images would not be quite so racially sensitive. But for gosh sakes! I address myself to the great continent of Asia: Give me your milky beverages, your tapioca pearls, your coconut jelly. But please, leave your Gold Dust Triplets at home.