Genealogy web site Ancestry.com has apologized and eliminated an ad that includes a pre-Civil War interracial couple after critics slammed the spot, claiming it whitewashed the widespread sexual exploitation of slave girls.
“We very a lot admire the suggestions we have now acquired and apologize for any offense that the ad could have triggered,” Ancestry.com spokeswoman Gina Spatafore wrote in an electronic mail, including that the spot had been faraway from YouTube and was within the means of being pulled from TV stations.
The offending industrial exhibits a lovestruck white man promising his black lady-love that “there’s a spot we could be collectively, throughout the border” (presumably Canada, because the internet handle given on the finish of the ad is Ancestry.ca, not Ancestry.com). The woodenly-acted scene fades right into a marriage certificates dated 1857, six years earlier than slavery was abolished within the US. While the spot reportedly performed with out incident on Utah TV stations earlier this month, the backlash hit this week, when the clip went viral on social media.
Many identified that sexual exploitation of black slave girls by white males – together with however not restricted to their masters – was epidemic within the antebellum South.