Toronto: TTC removing controversial skin-lightening ads after outcry

The Toronto Transit Commission is removing subway ads that promote a skin-lightening treatment — at the advertiser’s request — following backlash from commuters.

The ads promote, the website for a naturopathic clinic that claims to offer a “safe and natural” treatment for a range of skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, discolouration and uneven tone.

Split images of a black woman and a woman of South Asian descent are employed in the ads to demonstrate the lightening effects of the treatment, with the implication that lighter skin is preferable…

  • Gary

    Lets look at the root cause. The big crisis form Black women and asian women is that their men want White girls as we see in sports for the high income Black males.
    Next time you are on the TTC try to count the bi-racial partners and see if White male have the afro looking dark women and if asian women have tall white males.
    So it’s racists for Whites to vacation in the tropic to look darker or buy creams that tone down the skin .

  • chayisun

    I used to date a black girl. It was Ok until night when, being alone and turning off the lights, I had a real problem finding her.
    We then discovered LIGHT NATURAL SKIN! After applying this for 6 months she has become a girl that I can now find, even at night!. Of course, she still like watermelon but everyone can’t be perfect.
    So we both highly recommend this grand product!

    • Gaylord Ponce

      Next time you can’t find her, have her smile and have her open her eyes wide.
      As for the other, have her not wear panties. It’ll keep the flies off her watermelon.

  • Alain

    Caving in to the lunatic, radical bullies, will it never end. If you don’t like the product or if it “offends” you, then don’t purchase it: end of story. As for the claim that it offends Asian women that is just another of those leftist lies. Actually in Asia it has always been that both women and men of lighter complexion had and have higher status than the darker ones. That is exactly why women working outside in the fields take great care to cover themselves from the sun including long sleeves, big hats and often even gloves. I am not saying that lighter is better, but I am saying it is part of traditional Asian culture.

    • ntt1

      you should see the young Chinese girls in Richmond, now when outside in summer they wear full face shield “sunglasses” that resemble the face guards worn when working on table saws

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        Asian ladies here in Scarborough rock the full-faced poker visor as well.

        Plus, umbrellas on sunny days.
        And for anyone caught in a pinch, err, the sun, there’s always the low-cost option of walking with an unfolded newspaper over your head.

  • simus1

    Lighter skin tone bleach and hair straighteners were the bedrock products of many now large successful companies that were founded years ago by Afro American and ethnic women entrepreneurs worldwide.

    Guess the progressives have a problem with that now.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    You mean to tell me that “black” ISN’T beautiful, and that even blacks know that’s a lie?
    No WAY!
    If you sold a cream or ointment that REALLY made a black women look like white women, you would never be able to make enough to satisfy the demand.

    • Frau Katze

      So why do some white women to tanning salons? I can’t keep track of it all.

  • Thermblog

    The black people wanna go white
    And the white people wanna go black

  • mauser 98

    outcry from TorStar, NOW ragazine white guilt obsessed white writers

    • ntt1

      ditto Mexico.

  • DD_Austin

    These guys are geniuses, thanks to the leftards like the CBC
    their ad campaign has gone national and cost the price of subway ads

    Lightnaturalskin, Coming to an immigrant overrun city near you!!!

    • Frau Katze

      Free advertising!

  • ntt1

    what about journalism grads that might want to explore skin darkening processes in order to bag a job at the CBC.?

  • Brett_McS

    Anything that reminds leftists of reality must be taken down.

  • Lighter skin colour for women is a plus in every culture I have ever heard of. For God’s sake, look at ancient Greek art (and not just Greek) and notice that This is nothing to do with Perfidious Honky. (Well, maybe when it comes to black Americans. I’m not clear on that one.) If it were, why does it crop up everywhere from India (*cough* caste system *cough*) to pre-modern Japan? The Arabs, my God…

    My assumption is that it usually has to do with the simple fact that upper class women traditionally stayed indoors and didn’t have to work in the fields and get sun-burned.

    (The tanning fetish in the West only started when rich people started to go skiing and get tanned. Poor people worked indoors and didn’t fly to Switzerland or St. Moriz. Suddenly dark was cool.)

    • tom_billesley

      Sunbathing for whites was made fashionable by Coco Chanel in the 1920’s. Before that, a tan meant that you were a field worker.

      • Frau Katze

        But it’s reversing again because too much sun plus pale skin increases the chance of cancer. But some people still go to tanning salons.

    • Think of the word “fair” in early modern English. It’s literal or at least original meaning is “light-skinned” and “pale”, but of course it also means “beautiful”. In the Dark Lady Sonnets and Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare’s dusky-complexioned, black-eyed erotic object is teasingly spoken of as “fair”, or complimented on being more enticing than someone who is simply “fair”, with that word’s double meaning.

      The leftists love to think they’re “nuanced” and understand “context”, but in my experience they are often so parochial as to beggar belief.

    • Brett_McS

      Fortunately (at least in Australia) tanning seems to have gone out of favor and so most women are now naturally white – especially the younger ones. There are still some old birds with the tan-leather look that was popular in the ’70s but most have probably succumbed to some skin malady or other.

    • Minicapt
  • tom_billesley

    Some “asian” skin products and cosmetics are banned in the UK because of toxicity. All that has happened is that it’s smuggled in and stocked “under the counter”.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    Next up, banning hair straightening products.

    • Forget Trayvon and Michael Brown. That would be a riot.