A Java Swing Question concerning File Menus

I created a file menu applet in Java, Swing 1.2 and for some reason it has the default purple background color on the Menu Item. How can I change this ugly default color? I tried everything, setting the background and opique function color to something else and It still showed up.
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Try to set the background of JMenuItem

import javax.swing.* ;
import java.awt.* ;
public class Test
    public static void main( String args[] )
        JFrame f = new JFrame( "Test" ) ;
        JMenu m = new JMenu( ) ;
        JMenuBar mb = new JMenuBar( ) ;
        JMenuItem mi = new JMenuItem( "File" ) ;
        mi.setBackground( Color.red ) ;
        mb.add( mi ) ;
        mb.add( new JMenuItem( "Edit" ) ) ;
        f.getContentPane().add( mb ) ;
        f.setSize( 100, 100 ) ;
        f.setVisible( true ) ;

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