9:25 pm - 06/19/2014

January Jones Deletes Instagram Pic Featuring Tribal Adolescents As Photo Is Branded As Racist

January Jones has deleted a photo on Instagram after receiving an online backlash. The 36-year-old actress had posted a Throwback Thursday image of her first modelling gig, featuring her in a tribal-inspired jumper, flanked by two shirtless adolescents of African descent.

However, the Mad Men star has now replaced it with a picture of her standing by herself in a knit sweater, explaining: 'I had to swap my #tbt pics because I was receiving to (sic) many negative comments and assumptions.'

She added: 'This forum should be a happy and fun place i have no patience for hate' preceded by a hashtag.

Jones deleted the first image around two hours after posting it following a rash of comments branding it 'racist'.

It also appeared some of the comments were removed by Jones before she took the step of posting a replacement photograph.

One commentator, called khiyarakrige, wrote: 'Why are my comments about your racist ad being racist being deleted?'

Another Instagram user, named einarragnarjonsson, commented on the picture: 'The representation of naked black women, amidst a white fully-clothed female "model" is problematic.

‘It’s not racist in that it’s discriminatory, but it follows a long history of animalizing black people in relation to (chaste, pure) white womanhood.

'Also the wording of the catalogue is not doing it any favors ("unexpected arrangement of colors" is hopefully not an intentional racial remark.)'

Jones had captioned the image: ‘I finally found it! #tbt to my first paid "modeling" gig for a knitting magazine in South Dakota. #nailedit’

The replacement photo appears to be an ad for the same knitting magazine, wearing a different outfit and carrying a tribal basket under her arm.


january sis...
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trella24 20th-Jun-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
are these pics for real??????????? omg
peddlestools 20th-Jun-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
settling into this post
morgan90 20th-Jun-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
This strong woman of color
firefox1490 20th-Jun-2014 01:40 am (UTC)
There are just so many things wrong happening here but at the very least she should realized years later that was not a good idea for a tbt photo first modeling job or not.
disco_friends 20th-Jun-2014 01:57 am (UTC)

As a young model she probably didnt have the control/power to change the racist photoshoot, but as an adult woman she should have been able to realize the problematic campaign isnt something she should promote.

Like years have passed and she looked at this photo and thought there was nothing wrong with it??? come on.
suzycat 20th-Jun-2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Yes, this. It probably never even OCCURRED to her, and if it did she was not in a position to say "no this is wrong". Or didn't feel she was. So I don't blame January herself for the photo, I don't care how much of a bitch she is IRL, most people aren't born fully aware of privilege and issues nor with the strength to say "this is bad". It takes time to get your eyes opened and in the case of pretty white girls, it can take quite a lot of time.

Now though, one would hope she could look at it and go "eurgh, this pic is really kinda racist".
beatlesluv 20th-Jun-2014 04:09 am (UTC)
Agreed. Agreed. Agreedd.
beatlesluv 20th-Jun-2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Agreed. Not even about whether she should know better then, but her even thinking of uploading it now? Ridiculous. Its amazing that she thought nothing of it.
yurasama_love 20th-Jun-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
executivehpfan 20th-Jun-2014 01:41 am (UTC)

The palefaces continue to test the rest of us.
lalameanslove 20th-Jun-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
holy shit Gwyneth would never!!!!
peddlestools 20th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
dafuqgetoffmeho 20th-Jun-2014 01:48 am (UTC)
this whole campaign was so stupid. it's sad that people need whites with .0009% african genes to identify as "african" to make other people see real africans as human.

Edited at 2014-06-20 01:48 am (UTC)
bulastar this is going to be in my head all week now20th-Jun-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
eatmydustbinns 20th-Jun-2014 02:51 am (UTC)

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aschvanzandt 20th-Jun-2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
crystalzelda 20th-Jun-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
why is it SO HARD for people to have even one ounce of self awareness and to question themselves even once in a while? No, it's allll about the "haters" and "negativity" and never "oh hey, maybe the problem is ME". It's sad and pathetic, and so is she, and so is her response.
arielazul_22 20th-Jun-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
Ifkr? Her response was disappointing yet oh so typical, smfh
karis_azura 20th-Jun-2014 04:04 am (UTC)
Guuhl, I got so deep into it on fb with a friend of mine who dressed her kids up in black face for a slumber party they had. She pulled out all kinds of asshole insults and I was perfectly nice and just trying to help the moron.
silkdegrees 20th-Jun-2014 11:13 am (UTC)
Black face for a slumber party?! :O
beatlesluv 20th-Jun-2014 04:10 am (UTC)
MFTE. I don't think I'm asking too fucking much. My God. She's so pathetic.
kittypurry 20th-Jun-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
oh wow


cloudsnberries 20th-Jun-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
lmao @ the 'i finally found it!!' bloop
maebytonight1 20th-Jun-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
lol mte. But tbh that just showed me that she's just another ignorant white woman, and not necessarily a racist (The picture is racist though, don't get me wrong).
cloudsnberries 20th-Jun-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
you don't have to intend racism to be racist
jiggle_jingles8 20th-Jun-2014 01:57 am (UTC)
So she did some effort in order to share this shit..... Not good. Not good at all.
arielazul_22 20th-Jun-2014 02:02 am (UTC)
That's killing me for some reason, lol
zeldazonked 20th-Jun-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm confused at that instagram comment... aren't those boys and not nude women? Actual naked tits seem a little risque for a knitting magazine.
firefox1490 20th-Jun-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm honestly confused by the whole photo shoot considering it was a mag from South Dakota.
zeldazonked 20th-Jun-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
Well, yes, I'm definitely confused by it either way... =\
fruitariyun 20th-Jun-2014 02:57 am (UTC)
Well, recently south dakota has had a lot of sudanese, ethiopian, somali, and Liberian immigrants... but this was taken long before that
nermal_kat 20th-Jun-2014 01:51 am (UTC)
same here. are those not moobs?
evilgmbethy 20th-Jun-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
I thought they were boys too
ohhhlife 20th-Jun-2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah I came into the comments just to see if i was the only other person that noticed those are dudes. I mean, what the actual hell? 100% dude. And american mags don't normally have lady nips hanging out anyway.
chasing_center 20th-Jun-2014 01:42 am (UTC)
Welp no one said she was smart. But it's kind of gross that she still doesn't realize the reason for the backlash and is acting as if she is the victim.
peddlestools 20th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
reminds me of this

merenwen17 20th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
wtf is this
executivehpfan 20th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
This child of Satan.
ilouboutin 20th-Jun-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
kittypurry 20th-Jun-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
lmao this fucking BITCH
maebytonight1 20th-Jun-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
this picture kills me. Too funny.

But I don't understand why she always gets flack for this when a whole bunch of other white celebrities were a part of this campaign as well.
boweeko 20th-Jun-2014 01:46 am (UTC)
I love how people only ever post the Gwyneth pic when so many celebs participated in this like Liv Tyler, Lucy Liu, David Bowie, Elijah Wood, and others...
devourlove 20th-Jun-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
i'll just never understand how they think these things are supposed to help
morgan90 20th-Jun-2014 01:53 am (UTC)
xcollsangelx 20th-Jun-2014 03:52 am (UTC)
merenwen17 20th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
lucky_latkes 20th-Jun-2014 01:43 am (UTC)
We are all aFREEca~ tsamina mina eh eh~
fauxparadiso 20th-Jun-2014 01:57 am (UTC)
*circle of life.mp3 starts blasting*
reasontorhyme 20th-Jun-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
praise mother Gaia, eating clay, vitamin D for ya vagina etc etc
ladypolitik 20th-Jun-2014 04:05 am (UTC)
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