Cognitive Dissonance

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noleshanghai:
Talk about a couple of American Icons…… Elvis and Coca-Cola…….   and I love that the Coke logo hasn’t changed a bit……..

Description found at The Faux Bohemian:
Segregated Lunch Counter. While waiting for a train to take him from Chattanooga to Memphis, a trip of some 400 miles, Elvis sits at the lunch counter to have some breakfast. The woman standing had ordered a sandwich for which she was waiting, but was not able to sit at the counter. Railroad station, Chattanooga, Tenn. July 4, 1956.© Alfred Wertheimer.
From a National Portrait Gallery and the Govinda Gallery exhibit, “Elvis at 21”, on view at the Portrait Gallery through Jan. 23, 2011.
My take:
Not trying to be a downer here, but let’s remember that Elvis, while a great singer, also gained fame by shamelessly ripping off music from African Americans (look up the first version of "Hound Dog") and making it more palatable to white Americans. Also, this photo represents another American icon: Segregated lunch counters, and segregation in general. The first thing I noticed was the utter sadness in the expression on the woman’s face as she stands waiting for her food, back from everyone else. 

noleshanghai:

Talk about a couple of American Icons…… Elvis and Coca-Cola…….   and I love that the Coke logo hasn’t changed a bit……..

Description found at The Faux Bohemian:

Segregated Lunch Counter. While waiting for a train to take him from Chattanooga to Memphis, a trip of some 400 miles, Elvis sits at the lunch counter to have some breakfast. The woman standing had ordered a sandwich for which she was waiting, but was not able to sit at the counter. Railroad station, Chattanooga, Tenn. July 4, 1956.© Alfred Wertheimer.

From a National Portrait Gallery and the Govinda Gallery exhibit, “Elvis at 21”, on view at the Portrait Gallery through Jan. 23, 2011.

My take:

Not trying to be a downer here, but let’s remember that Elvis, while a great singer, also gained fame by shamelessly ripping off music from African Americans (look up the first version of "Hound Dog") and making it more palatable to white Americans. Also, this photo represents another American icon: Segregated lunch counters, and segregation in general. The first thing I noticed was the utter sadness in the expression on the woman’s face as she stands waiting for her food, back from everyone else. 

(via suddenlynixon)

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    Elvis is perhaps the best example of whitewashed rock, but here are a few others. If you press ‘play’ you can hear all...
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    Description found at The Faux Bohemian: Segregated Lunch Counter. While waiting for a train to take him from Chattanooga...
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    Elvis + Coke = Happy Cami
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