What does and doesn’t cause a crybully firestorm of protest

Two very similar ads were used by the clothing retailer Gap for Kids.  One of them sparked such a wave of protest that Gap withdrew the ad and apologized.  The UK Daily Mail reports:

Gap Kids has apologized after an ad for Ellen DeGeneres' clothing line sparked a social media backlash for having a racial undertone.

The company shared pictures for the GapKids X ED campaign on Twitter on Saturday with the caption: 'Meet the kids who are proving girls can do anything.'

'We all have the power to empower one another,' is the tagline for the line – aimed to encourage young girls to 'follow their passions.'

But Twitter users immediately spotted the flaw in the four photographs posted on Gap's Twitter account – and called the company out on presenting the only black girl as a prop.

The company was blasted for only using one 'token' child of color – and presenting her as an arm rest for a white girl. The white girls, meanwhile, are shown doing gymnastics, DJing and using a telescope.

Fatima La'Juan Muse said: '@GapKids proving girls can do anything… unless she's Black. Then all she can do is bear the weight of White girls. #EpicFail.

Here it is:

Yet, as “Eternal Cracker” of iOTW Report noticed, there is a very similar Gap for Kids ad that nobody said a word of complaint about.

What does this say about race in America today?

Two very similar ads were used by the clothing retailer Gap for Kids.  One of them sparked such a wave of protest that Gap withdrew the ad and apologized.  The UK Daily Mail reports:

Gap Kids has apologized after an ad for Ellen DeGeneres' clothing line sparked a social media backlash for having a racial undertone.

The company shared pictures for the GapKids X ED campaign on Twitter on Saturday with the caption: 'Meet the kids who are proving girls can do anything.'

'We all have the power to empower one another,' is the tagline for the line – aimed to encourage young girls to 'follow their passions.'

But Twitter users immediately spotted the flaw in the four photographs posted on Gap's Twitter account – and called the company out on presenting the only black girl as a prop.

The company was blasted for only using one 'token' child of color – and presenting her as an arm rest for a white girl. The white girls, meanwhile, are shown doing gymnastics, DJing and using a telescope.

Fatima La'Juan Muse said: '@GapKids proving girls can do anything… unless she's Black. Then all she can do is bear the weight of White girls. #EpicFail.

Here it is:

Yet, as “Eternal Cracker” of iOTW Report noticed, there is a very similar Gap for Kids ad that nobody said a word of complaint about.

What does this say about race in America today?