Date: 25th August 2000
Spike Lee is promoting his upcoming film Bamboozled with an Internet site for the nonexistent Step 'n Fetch It Pictures that features numerous racist images that are almost certain to touch off controversy if not anger among African-Americans.
The Web site pitches a lineup of TV shows from the fake studio, including the ManTan Minstrel Show starring two men in blackface. The promotional blurb for the "show" reads, "The smash hit ManTan Minstrel Show delivers nonstop belly laughs you're guaranteed to feel tomorrow morning.
ManTan and Sleep 'N Eat are up to their old tricks and it just doesn't stop!" Similar racially offensive material is being included in billboards for the movie and in newspaper ads.
Commenting on the Bamboozled marketing campaign, Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition, told today's (Thursday) New York Post: "The anger attendant to this recycling of racial trash, I bet, will not be worth the price of admission."
Source: Studio Briefing