The Most Racist Thing About Serial Podcast: Mail Kimp

December 15, 2014 4:15 PM

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I, like many people, have become completely obsessed with Serial, however, there is one thing about the podcast that always makes me cringe. It's not the way the podcast deals with race, how Sarah Koening's white privilege creeps in, or the way she perpetuates the myth of the model minority, as scrutinized in other blogs. In fact, I love the podcast and eagerly await this week's final episode. The part about Serial that bothers me most is the advertisement for Mail Chimp that airs at the beginning of every episode.

According to what I read online, Serial reporter Dana Chavvis is asking people on the street to say "Mail Chimp", the name of an email mailing service. The third person stumbles, mispronounces "chimp", saying "kimp" and then finally says "chimp". I cringed the first time I heard it. Maybe I'm more a...

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