Best Buy Ad Asks You to Celebrate Black History Month With…Eminem and Bruno Mars?!
Is there anything in this picture that seems out of place?
I was taken aback while scanning he Best Buy circular this weekend. It was encouraging customers to "Celebrate Black History Month" by buying sale price CD's. Two of the featured disks for sale are Eminem's 'Curtain Call' and Bruno Mars' 'Do Wops and Hooligans'.
Luthor Vandross, Usher, Bob Marley, Barry White, Kool & The Gang, The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Young Jeezy, etc. all seem like fitting CD's to promote in celebrating Black History Month.
But Eminem, one of the most popular white rappers? (Has does have a lot of ties to hip-hop and rap, Dr.Dre, D12, 50 Cent, etc.) And Bruno Mars? He was born in Hawaii to parents of Puerto Rican and Filipino decent.
Just because someone isn't black doesn't mean they can't have had an affect on black history, but it seems odd using a white guy and a Puerto Rican/Filipino to try and sell CD's in the name of celebrating black history month.
Every year, during Black History Month, America celebrates the invaluable contributions that the African-American community has made to the culture and history of our nation. -NAACP
What are your thoughts?
Is it offensive? Is it just a public relations goof by the Best Buy ad department? Is it a good thing they are trying to incorporate artists of different ethnicities into celebrating black history?
Or, is it just a sale flyer and not a big deal?
Black History Month is celebrated in the United States every February, click here and you can learn more about black history month and even sign up to have a daily fact about Black History sent to you every day in February through the NAACP.