Would this be "politically correct"?

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I want to make a joke on my website that I don't know how African American people will receive.

I have these pictures of an African American male, and I want to say something like - "I wanted the male in the picture to be me, but then I realized shoe polishing washes off difficultly."

I'm obviously making fun of myself, but I just don't want people to get the wrong idea.

What's your opinion?
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Don't do it - will not go over well.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      I'm about as non politically correct as you can get.
      But like Kay said, don't do it.
      I even thought it was offensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Originally Posted by Lucian Lada View Post

    I want to make a joke on my website that I don't know how African American people will receive.

    I have these pictures of an African American male, and I want to say something like - "I wanted the male in the picture to be me, but then I realized shoe polishing washes off difficultly."

    I'm obviously making fun of myself, but I just don't want people to get the wrong idea.

    What's your opinion?
    We know it's not intentional, but very few people will think it's clever. And it will turn off many.

    It sounded clever in your head. But it's a miss.

    A marketing tip; Only be clever if it furthers the sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    I think it's too risky. People who know you won't take it the wrong way, but "random visitors" may be offended.

    ("With difficulty" is more idiomatic than "difficultly". There's "easily" but not really "difficultly" ).
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I can see the cleverness in it if it was worded right.

    If our country wasn't so uptight right now that could be a clever joke. But we seem to be a powder keg of racial tension right now. Everyone is overly sensitive about race. So like everyone else here - I'd say stay away from it.
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