Somehow, the character actually managed to get worse as time went on. She started looking more human but also gained a shitload of weight and devolved into a full-blown kitchen mammy. Here she is in promotional mask form, which is great if you ever want to get your ass kicked for Halloween. Her blank glare (plus complete lack of nose) is upsetting on basically every level ever invented:
The inclusion of the nose hole is almost as perplexing as the lack of eye holes.
This version of the Aunt -- fat, happy to serve, and blissfully ignorant of how much others laugh at her -- continued for decades. Here she is in 1956, portrayed by blues singer Edith Wilson with all the enthusiasm of a child thanking their grandparents for socks at Christmas.
We can only hope she at least got a hold of their shoes afterward.
Surely the company must have ended this shitty character shortly thereafter, right? After all, the Civil Rights Movement was just around the corner! Nope ... try 1989. It took them 100 years to realize that selling pancakes on the back of a subservient slave archetype was kind of a shitty idea. To put it another way, they didn't turn Aunt Jemima into an uninsulting human being until after Reagan left office, just before the fall of Soviet Russia. Look, we're glad you finally crossed the social evolution finish line, but it's pretty damn clear that, for most of the race, you didn't give even the slightest shit about running.
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