The Only Black People I Can’t Stand Part I
Tony Sinclair, The Tanqueray Guy
Boy, is this dude obnoxious. I know that being an advertising icon is a great way for up-and-coming actors to gain exposure, but please allow me to blow “Tony Sinclair’s” spot and let you all know that his name is actually Rodney Mason and he grew up right in my hometown of Philadelphia. For that, I’ll take it easy on him, but the last type of black man I need to see on television is a nappy dandy suckin’ down gin.
The Pine Sol Lady
Why am I looking at a thick ashy arm and a sweatband right now? Diane Amos, also known as the Pine Sol Lady, is one of the few black actresses who shows up in movies and tv once in a while that I will NEVER profile for her unsung achievements. It’s not just because she’s been playing a modern-day mammy in commercials for the past fifteen years. It really comes down to the sassy twist at the end of her catchphrase “That’s the power of Pine-Sol, Baby!” Baby? Is that necessary? Oh yes, and those braids.
T.C. Carson, aka Kyle Barker
I’ve been watching a lot of Living Single lately, and aside from marveling at how great the acting was, my distaste for Kyle Barker hit me like a freight train during every episode. It felt like listening to an old album and remembering why you didn’t care for certain tracks. I know I’m not the only one who never quite liked the cut of this dude’s jib. Between his snarling laugh, his corny come hither look, and his over-enunciating, pseudo-Yale Drama acting style, I just can’t stomach him. A close second: Tommy (Thomas Ford) from Martin.
The Big Random Universal Studios Commercial Lady
Just what we need, more mammies. Although she is only on-screen for a split-second in a Universal Studios ad, everytime I even think of it I get irritated. “I’se so scared on this here ride, I just had to take my bebbies and hold ’em to my bosom. Even tho dem white folks back dere is laughin’ and havin’ fun, this here ride is de debbil, I say… havin’ some sweet bebbies on my bosom always make me feel soooo much better, and if I does it right I won’t even break a nail!”