Though social attitudes may change with time, videotape never does. Here are five examples of embarrassing advertising that companies no doubt wish had become dust in the wind. Come with us on a magical adventure of sexism, racism and fun!
5Mattel Dick Tracy Tommy Burst (1961)
We hesitate to show this ad, as it will only highlight how lame your toys were as compared to those of the '60s. Watch as this kid pulls out his "toy" Dick Tracy revolver and actually kills some fool:
So What's the Problem?
As you see in the ad, kids needed toys like that because they had to get jobs as detectives as early as age eight.
While the guns might have been far cooler looking and way more realistic than today's orange-capped plastic knockoffs, they also had the unfortunate side effect of getting the owner shot occasionally by trigger-happy police officers.
Also when you consider the YouTube comments:
... you have to think we're probably better off than them.