I definitely think the subject is more reddit HAHA, then HN intellectually stimulating, but that's getting upvotes and yet your clickable links are getting you downvoted!
At least having the links there might shave a few seconds off the time we are wasting on this story.
Just curious, since they seem to have changed the pics now.
They did change the image on the polish site, but I promise you the link I posted is what it was like a few hours ago.
Here in Australia we often get commercials on television that are made in the US then dubbed here, usually for toilet fresheners or other household products. You can always tell the difference because they're shot in soft focus and the colours look too saturated. They also tend to use the same four people to provide all the voice-overs: the Mum, the Dad, the little boy, and the little girl. They exclude African-Americans from those, too.
[UPDATE] My brother, who has in-laws in Poland, reckons there are some asian folks there now (migrants rather than children of migrants, as in the ad), but still pretty well zero black people.
It is quite hilarious...
There is no way to make this look good.
Same thing has happened to U.S. television. Watch TV from the 1960s or 1970s. Watch The Rockford Files on Hulu, for example. The contrast between then and today is amazing. You'll see white men demanding and receiving respect. Today, they're the butt of every joke.
(Oh, the above is totally non-PC. So please down-mod it with a vengeance before you go back to your masturbatory religious devotions to the modern gods Diversity and Equality. But do remember me the next time a girl turns you down in a bar for not being as masculine as her ideal.)
It was the black man who was edited out.
Perhaps this correction will serve as a reminder not to jump to conclusions; particularly ones which match your passionately held (and, by the way, disgusting) preconceptions.
Additionally I hope my use of 'asshole' above will hit home, setting you upon a course of introspection and self doubt, at which point you realize that you are, in fact, an asshole.
You will then sell all your worldly possessions and motorbike to South America in a journey of self-discovery, never to be heard from again.
This looks serviceable:
I think this trend probably peaked a few years ago (Family Guy is a good example.) You can actually see it reversing if you watch King of the Hill: the earliest episodes generally show Hank as a small minded redneck, whereas later episodes portray him as a lone voice of sanity.
Anyways, if you look outside of comedies, there are plenty of masculine male leads in popular shows (Jack Bauer comes to mind.) As for race, I can't even think of a popular drama where the male lead is black (and the other characters aren't.) But maybe I just don't watch enough TV.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3s8sEYzHWQ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_TGQ7rGL-Q
I'd imagine some design firm is getting a nasty call right about now...