Homies.tv: racial stereotypes all around

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Racialicious reader Krys tipped me off to this web site, which includes some videos that bring the Homies dolls to life in the crudest racial stereotypes you can think of.

What is up with these dolls? According to Wikipedia, “Homies are a series of 2-inch figurines loosely based upon Chicano (Mexican American) characters in the life of artist David Gonzales. First created in 1998, these plastic figurines were initially sold via vending machines typically positioned in supermarkets, but quickly became collectibles among young children through teenagers.”

Are these actually popular with kids? Anyone have any insight?