Tim Keenan's Photos--AIM Santa Barbara MTV protest June 6, 2010
AIM Santa Barbara's Photos--Demo against MTVs The Dudesons
AIM turned out in force to protest MTV's stereotypical episode of The Dudesons in America. From what someone posted, I gather the feeling was this: The event was well-attended. People seemed interested. The protesters made contacts. Even the police were somewhat sympathetic.
The last sign sums up the problem nicely. I'd love to see the Dudesons "spoof" greedy Jews counting their shekels or "Chinamen" ching-chonging in a laundry. But then the authorities and the public would denounce them as blatant racists. Only Indians get "spoofed" in minstrel-style shows.
Naturally, I don't claim this protest is going to change anyone's minds. It's all about raising awareness and educating people one step at a time. It may take a hundred or a thousand protests before Americans get the message, but they'll get it eventually.
For more on the subject, see Do Protests Work?, MTV vs. AIM on The Dudesons, and Natives Protest The Dudesons.