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Sexy Anti-Racism Poster Causes Stir in South Africa

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Tsholo describes what people see when looking at the poster:

Focusing on someone race can never stamp out racism, I think. At the end of the day, because the poster is ABOUT race, when you look at the poster you see a BLACK girl and a WHITE guy, not just a couple.

However, SihleMthembu believes the campaign was a success:

Personally, I think all of u are getting emo (emotional) about nothing, lol. Whether it was black guy and a white chick or not, it would have still sent the same message. I think this campaign is success in the sense that it has people talking. I think the idea is about crossing racial boundaries….and my guess is the ones finding it very hard to accept this campaign for what it is are individuals who are still not comfortable with inter-racial relationships.

Below are some of the responses on Twitter:

@wildebees: If a UK political party’s youth wing got this amount of debate going on Twitter they’d be hailed as pure genius #DASO

@joshjordaan: I’ve just heard that yesterdays #DASO poster was on SkyNews this morning! International!

@ryguy_smith: How does one go about finding the man posing on the recent #DASO homosexual poster? Also, who has a wedding dress to lend me? :P

@simphiwedana: If you want to tackle race, address the issue of white privilege. Like the people of Duluth are doing #DASO

@thealexparker: Yawn. #DASO poster so very JCR. Does have the benefit of pissing off the right people, mind you.”

@OliverHermanus: As someone in an interracial relationship I don’t look twice & folk don’t look twice at me. Its relevant, but isn’t the future bigger? #DASO

@scrookson: The DASO poster is obviously designed to be controversial. Attention seeking because the DA needs it?”

This post first appeared on the site of our partner Global Voices.

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7:43AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Hugh W - I wish more people were like you, that is a lovely thing to say about your wife and I'm sure she is beautiful. As for the picture, I think it is lovely. He is a strong white man and she beautiful African Queen, what's wrong with that? I say, if two people love each other and they're not hurting anyone, then more power to them :-)

5:33PM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Hugh W, My thanks to you, you know why...it is something that resides in your heart.

4:37PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

i think this is great!

1:02AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Colleen, they have provinces.

1:00AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

I think it is a beautiful image. I think that it is a sad thing that this causes looks anywhere. I am in an interracial relationship and we get looks everywhere we go in the US. I just choose not to notice anymore since she is so much a part of me. I feel like I would be naked in publc without my wife.

6:41PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

A black man with a white woman would be the real taboo, unfortunately.

3:43PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

He's to tall for her. That's just wrong. ;-)

6:44AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Would it have been more or less controversial to have them in wedding clothes, or with a mixed-race child in the picture as well, or even with the man wearing traditional Zulu / Xhosa / Bantu clothing and the woman wearing a pantsuit? Good on the DASO for finding a way to challenge people's minds and get them thinking. I'm just surprised there weren't any comments claiming this was a conspiracy to cause an Internet meltdown.

4:33AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Thanks.

4:30AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Thanks.

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