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Hispanic isn't even a racial catagory. Hispanic could be black, could be red-headed and easily sunburned. What about her "appears to be hispanic" versus, say, Italian, Israeli, or German?

Who's the one with the race issue here?

Posted by trainwreck | December 6, 2006 1:51 PM

Wow, I watched that and didn't notice what you said at all. She didn't seem that dark skinned (certainly not like the typical indigo mexican immigrant), his car didn't seem that sporty (it's an audi a4 maybe?) and I think that little girl actually has green eyes...

I think the hang up is yours, Ms Barnett, not intelius's.

Posted by Andrew | December 6, 2006 2:09 PM

Wow trainwreck beat me to the exact same point...

Posted by Andrew | December 6, 2006 2:11 PM

For what it's worth, Intellius is owned by Naveen Jain, founder of InfoSpace who is Indian and very darked skinned.

Posted by David in Wedgwood | December 6, 2006 2:22 PM

I agree with both Trainwreck and Andrew. I think the hangups are Erica's. In her commercial, the man with the toolbox would load the kids in the A4 ("Ask me about my murder convictions"), the not-bright-white woman would drive the pickup truck ("Ask me about being arrested for protesting racial injustices"), and the man would drive the minivan ("Ask me about being arrested on charges of consensual homosexual sodomy in Oklahoma").

Posted by him | December 6, 2006 2:24 PM

The backstory is that childcare workers are desperately low paid. They might well come from a social milieu that leads them into crime and substance abuse. The problem isn't with reference checking, it's with our increasingly Third World society - the rich get richer, and the poor guilty of being poor.

Posted by Orson | December 6, 2006 2:24 PM

Looks like a bunch of whiteys in the 'burbs to me. Stick to ragging on the urban cripples.

Posted by DOUG. | December 6, 2006 2:42 PM

since when did erica have a problem with stereotypes? The line "a dude in a red sports car with a “long history of domestic violence”—speaking of stereotypes" could have been right out of one of her male-bashing posts.

obviously Naveen is still to blame because he's a man. It's the patriarch's fault.

Posted by charles | December 6, 2006 2:50 PM

Still, you gotta love that "buy one, get one free" offer...

Posted by David Schmader | December 6, 2006 3:17 PM

Of course, the reality is that only very wealthy (usually white) parents can afford private nannies, and many/most of those nannies are not white.

Posted by keshmeshi | December 6, 2006 3:30 PM

I watched the ad preparing to see egregious racism...ummm...where is it again? I think you're looking to hard at this one, Erica.

Posted by Not Seeing It... | December 6, 2006 3:34 PM

Just more of the usual Erica racial/gender lunacy. ORSON, on the other hand, actually has a cogent point...

Posted by GoodGrief | December 6, 2006 3:41 PM

Oh my god, someone please stop her. She's making the rest of us lefties look bad.

Posted by Sean | December 6, 2006 3:55 PM

P.S. to Orson and Keshmeshi:

You know nothing of nannies. In Seattle, almost all nannies are white or Asian women, mostly 20-somethings from UW Capitol Hill, and they make between $12-$18/hour tax free. That's a net of $40,000 a year at 30 hr/week, and it's 3 times what I made as a 20 something grad student (though I did have health insurance).

Posted by Sean | December 6, 2006 4:09 PM

The woman in the video is obviously Armenian. When will the persecution of Armenians stop?

Posted by Angry armenian | December 6, 2006 4:16 PM

Come on, she is clearly Greek. End anti-Hellenism now!

Posted by ANGRY GREEK | December 6, 2006 4:19 PM

This reminds me of that sketch in Amazon Women on the Moon where Rosanna Arquette runs a background check on sweet little Steve Guttenberg and finds out he's too lame to go out on their blind date...

Posted by L | December 6, 2006 4:32 PM

Everyone in the commercial but one is thoroughly WASP. The nanny might have been Hispanic... or perhaps Italian or Greek, or perhaps she just spends part of her hard earned money on tanning booths.

Erica, most of the time I think you're right on, but in this case, I think you're reaching.

Posted by SDA in SEA | December 6, 2006 4:34 PM

Sean, that's nifty, but not all of the country looks like Seattle. In many parts of the US, minorities make up a huge portion of the nanny workforce. Anyway, Erica isn't it possible that Hispanics (or, you know, whatever dark skin that Erica wants to morph into racism-attracting Hispanic hue) are in fact nannies? And why should every "bad guy" in every ad, in every photographic depiction, always have to be white?

Posted by torrentprime | December 6, 2006 5:56 PM

parev, fifteen ;)

Posted by Charles | December 6, 2006 6:09 PM

I would not have necessarily thought that the nanny was Hispanic (or Latino) but I do appreciate the post. Someimes, I don't notice something until, it is pointed out to me. Also, when someone says something that I don't agree with I don't get all pissy and accuse them on being man-haters. I find it interesting that when ECB points out what she believes is injustice people get their panties in a bunch.

Also, just because someone is Indian (or another person of color) doesn't mean that they cannot have their prejudices.

Posted by Papayas | December 6, 2006 10:01 PM

Remember, everyone, you can't trust anybody at all! Make sure you do thorough background checks on all those untrustworthy, dangerous strangers you deal with in life!

The existence of this company is terrifying. Welcome to the culture of fear. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and your handgun closest of all.

Posted by Tahn | December 7, 2006 10:25 PM

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