Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Walmart "Recommendations"

Planet of the Apes, "similar" items....

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=1596594

Something about this is supposed to be highly racist.
Permalink sharkfish 
January 5th, 2006
LMFAO

That's awesome
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 5th, 2006
Get your stinking paws off of me, you damned dirty ape!
Permalink Ward Bush 
January 5th, 2006
yeah. I can see it. notice how they've made the *ape* covered in *black* fur?

see it?

also the *ape* has a much darker skin tone than the human.

those insensitive bastards.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 5th, 2006
Jesus H Christ wins the Vin Diesel award for subtlety.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 5th, 2006
Dammit. They "fixed" it!!!!! Shit. I want that BACK!!!
Permalink sharkfish 
January 5th, 2006
I think apes all over the world should file suit.
Permalink KC 
January 5th, 2006
Oh man, with FRIENDS, too. Couldn't get a whiter show if you tried :)
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 5th, 2006
what's racist about this?
Permalink nathan 
January 5th, 2006
Specists.
Permalink trollop 
January 5th, 2006
So what was it?
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 5th, 2006
The recommended movies used to be something about Clara Dandridge (was that the first name?) - a black woman, something about Martin Luther King, and a couple more about black people. I thought there was maybe a "liberty" connection there somewhere...
Permalink Ward Bush 
January 5th, 2006
A liberty connection? Wow. That's generous of you.

I instantly assumed it was someone in Walmart trying to make a joke.
Permalink Kasey 
January 5th, 2006
Aren't the recommendations generated automatically based on what people usually buy with the product?

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 5th, 2006
>>> That's generous of you.

MY INITIAL ASSUMPTION WAS THAT SHARKFISH WAS BEING OVER-SENSITIVE, BUT IF PHILO'S RIGHT, MAYBE JUST A COINCIDENCE - HOW MANY LOSERS WOULD WANT TO GET THE SERIES ON DVD ANYWAY? IT SUCKED.
Permalink Ward Bush 
January 5th, 2006
So the Wal-Mart recommendations aren't based tracking relationships between purchases then.

Or maybe there are so few purchases in the database that any time someone buys one, it updates. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Let's find the worst possible combinations and start buying things.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 5th, 2006
" Aren't the recommendations generated automatically based on what people usually buy with the product?

Philo"

No no. It said "similar items". That's what made me laugh so hard.

By the way, I wasn't being sensitive so much as wondering WTF and who on the inside is trying to make WalMart look bad. Then I laughed. I do have a sense of humor--at least on the first Thursday of the month.
Permalink sharkfish 
January 5th, 2006
Having only watched a few episodes of "Friends", I can now see the resemblance between a bunch of over-caffeinated neurotic slackers and a planet full of monkeys.

(Do I win a surealist Thursday award for that comparison?)
Permalink example 
January 5th, 2006
I think it's funny that people think it's actually some kind of store policy when it's obviously some unemployed doofus changing a few records in a database.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 5th, 2006
"The Martin Luther King documentary lists ... Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as similar."

RACIST!
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 5th, 2006
You stupid Americans are funny, thanks for the entertainment though. Keep it coming, you idiots.
Permalink Dan Denman 
January 6th, 2006
Yay! Denman's back! :D
Permalink Flasher T 
January 6th, 2006
Boo! Denman's back!
Permalink AllanL5 
January 6th, 2006
I'm betting the person that made that happen also was the one who posted it to the web...common, Someone was buying planet of the apes? At Walmart? At their online store?
Permalink Phil 
January 6th, 2006

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