I’m with The Bland

In confectionery, Fags Candy Cigarettes, Picanniny Popping Corn on December 9, 2010 at 10.46

Good old “Fags”. We all need one in our lives. Something politically incorrect that is.
Busily stamping out anything that may be misconstrued and therefore offend, many products have undergone “image overhauls” (except, strangely, Coon cheese in Australia…what does this say about our Oz cuzzies’ complete lack of respect for Aboriginal culture? I need not elaborate, demonstrated by the company’s unapologetic stance in the past). The “majority” of the population are middle-class, family oriented conservatives, according to the Roy Morgan/Ogilvy & Mather Values Segments statistics commonly used in marketing, and are not exactly known for their liberal outlook on – well- just about anything.

Given this fact, I don’t know why any company think that its going to affect sales of any product in a significant way, since the amount of people that may get on their high horse, statistically speaking are such a tiny sliver as to hardly count. Regardless of whether this warrants any attention, products like Foodtown’s “Picanniny (sp) Popping Corn”, “Darkie Toothpaste”, the now horrifying “Nigger Polish” as well as “Fags” have now fallen by the wayside and have been replaced by the bland and inoffensive -as if we need any more of that in the world. Nevertheless, the packaging for these items in it’s original, unadulterated format is now highly collectable – a reminder of an era, that was perhaps not so much “less PC”, as perhaps simply more innocent times.

Addendum 22/03/2012: During my recent hiatus, I had time to rifle through my archives yet again – and found this modified box design from the late 1990s, early 2000s.

  1. Postscript: What the “FAGS” product looks like now. May as Well be a completely different product, except it’s not.

  2. The reason Coon cheese hasn’t been changed in Australia is that aboriginals aren’t known as “coon”. It could be something to do with the man who invented the cheese being Dr. Coon. It’s not his fault that decades after his death somebody with PC leanings finds his surname offensive……

  3. Australian Aboriginals have most certainly been referred to as “coons” since the time of early European settlers. And other equally as offensive things, more recently than you probably think. Please keep in mind that they were not once considered human, and did not receive the “right” to vote in their own country until 1969. The cavalier and disgraceful attitude towards that race by so-called Australians, even today, is exemplary in your suggestion that anyone who finds slurs offensive is “oversensitive”. My post was written in a humorous tome, but you are clearly too stupid – or I am gunning for deliberately antagonistic – to either understand that, or want to understand that. Thank you Dr. Smee, you win prize for leaving the most intelligent comment on this blog in its short history. Oh, and do some research – starting with this, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_slurs
    where you will see the term “coon” is definitely amongst the list. Cheers, admin.

  4. Great reading…cheers! I also have a blog and photos about Riviera’s Fags your readers might find interesting.. I’ll be adding more to the origin and peoples stories .. http://peterlister.com/blog/index.php?entry=entry130122-074237

  5. Thanks Peter, to this day this amateurish little post from my early days gets a high amount of hits from visitors. I guess Fags bring back a lot of memories for people from our generation. Your blog is neat and you are lucky to have a Fags POS box! I’m jealous! Cheers

  6. They were white cigarette shaped lollies (for those who don’t know) and you were really cool walking down the road “smoking” them…. they had a red tip on them just like the “Real” thing!!

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