Ben Stein, the American actor, writer, lawyer and commentator, recently expressed his nostalgia for the days when a large African American woman was the face of Aunt Jemima syrup. Stein, who is best known for his role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, made his comments on Fox News.
Stein’s comments came in response to the news that the Aunt Jemima brand is being rebranded and the iconic image of a large African American woman on the syrup bottle will be replaced. The syrup company has said that the change is an effort to “evolve” the brand and make it “more appropriate and respectful.”
In his comments, Stein expressed his sadness at the news, saying that he misses the days when a large African American woman was the face of the brand. He said that the image was a reminder of “the wonderful tradition of African American women in the kitchen,” and that it was a “beautiful thing” to see.
Stein’s comments were met with both criticism and praise. Some people argued that the image of a large African American woman on the syrup bottle was a reminder of the days when African Americans were not treated as equals. Others argued that the image was a way of honoring the African American women who had worked in the kitchen for generations.
No matter where one stands on the issue, it’s clear that Ben Stein’s comments have sparked an important conversation about the role of African American women in our society. It’s also clear that the rebranding of the Aunt Jemima brand is a step in the right direction for a company that has been criticized for its outdated and offensive branding.
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