I've been chuckling to myself while reading some of the comments on Robin's post about window signs in her meetinghouse.
The comments in particular that have me chuckling are about references to the Quaker Oats guy, because for about two weeks now, I have been wondering if today's Friends might somehow rebuke Quaker Oats by designing a contest for Friends and submitting new designs of the outdated logo.
I really think we could do this!
Get the newspapers and television media involved, announcing the contest and "taking on" the Quaker Oats company... Get kids involved... Get whole meetings involved, and even reach beyond our schisms to get all of the Religious Society of Friends involved!
I'm giddy just thinking about it. And wouldn't it be nice to have a way to reflect the global Religious Society of Friends more accurately in today's times?
Here are a few ideas off the top of my unbonneted head:
Please feel free to share your own ideas on how to get this iconic figure updated. For those who have capabilities of scanning and posting their own artistic "entries" on their blog, please go ahead and do that, and be sure to link back here and let us know about it!
A group "photo" [sketch] of headshots, but of modern, diverse Friends, in a similar artistic style as the original, wearing our khakis, jeans, simple dresses--and large brimmed hats, of course!--with the ol' Quaker Oats guy mixed in (maybe standing in the back?) The famous "Presence in the Midst" painting, but with Quaker Oats guy as Jesus (is that sacrilegious?) Same image as the original "Presence in the Midst," in the same style as the original, but with the worshipers in khakis, blue jeans, simple dresses, etc. Have a different Quaker Oats guy or gal on the different products, and change up the faces from time to time, like the classic Wheaties boxes
Omigosh, I can hardly keep from chuckling, just thinking about the possibilities!
And I'll add that what really put me over the edge with this idea was the other day when I saw an ad for a product that Quaker Oats has out, and the ad included kids--kids who weren't white! And it felt like such a mockery to me, that there was ol' Mr (Master?) Quaker White Guy, beaming at the kids from his cardboard pedestal.
I thought to myself: THAT has GOT to change.
Second Month 2008 - While doing a search for other items related to this post and a few of the early comments, I came across this 2007 post from a Latino blogger, who shares a similar concern that I have about the presence of the Quaker Oats guy in an ad that features children of color.