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Saturday, February 6, 2010

When White Defines the Agenda

The Oscars around the corner and all the actors and actresses rushing to get their très chic outfits for the event, booking sessions in salons and spas in their more immediate environment, Hollywood, and with Vanity Fair ALL WHITE line-up for the next decade, there is very little to say.

Here we are mirroring a recent article in the Guardian written by Hanna Pool, which we have shared on Facebook with the following:

"Are you from Mars, Hanna? Hollywood is known by all and sundry to "anglo-saxonize" everyone in their products. with the odd Black Princess every ONCE in a while...to just sort set things 'straight'...and all"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/feb/03/vanity-fair-future-all-white

Is not that the plainest truth? Granted that, every now and then, black actors will have their day gracing the covers of glossy magazines and that, fortunately, they have gone past their "token" roles. Do you remember those takes where they used to show black faces in the background? They might be a thing of the past. Or are they?

"Bearing in mind it takes an army of people to put a Vanity Fair cover shoot together, this leaves us with two conclusions. Either no one noticed that their "stars of the next decade" cover effectively says there isn't a ­single up-and-coming black actor on the planet they considered worthy of ruining the aesthetic of their alabaster line-up, or they did notice but simply didn't care. I'm not sure which is worse."

Neither am I. However, it takes one half-way, in-between mutt in the skin-colour spectrum, like this writer to raise hell, rather, awareness and tell those people that publish glossy magazines:

HAVE THEY NOT NOTICED THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT THE LILLY-WHITE FAIRY-TALE IT USED TO BE AT THE TIME OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS, AND EVEN WAY BEFORE THAT, THE COUNTRY WAS POPULATED BY BLACKS AND NATIVE AMERICANS AND EVEN LATER WITH THE MASS IMMIGRATIONS THAT COUNTRY IS NOW COS-MO-PO-LI-TAN, A MELTING-POT?

Should my blood pressure peak, I know just whom/what to blame.

3 comments:

  1. A good piece, but I think that you have not considered the aspect of money and how it plays in things.

    Vanity Fair shows young white people on it's cover because they believe that will sell the most issues. Hollywood pushes young white people in their films because they believe they attract the biggest audiences. Bottom line is, well actually the bottom line.

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  2. even if I'm not a usual reader of united'nwespapers I had the impression of what You wrote.
    I guess these form of racisms (that now You stressed for white pople) are so difficult to fight 'cause they are too "polite".
    At least here in Italy there is so evidence of racism that is easyer to underline it. Quite impossibile to fight it too.

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  3. Money changes everything, goes the line. True. But if we write about that, Curious, we will be giving further credence to the fact that yes, white on the covers sell magazines. It should not be so. There is beauty in all demographics.

    I know in Italy racism is rampant, Massi. Especially their "profiling" - following people in supermarkets, for instance, because of their skin color or, worse, stopping people at trains stations because they look middle-eastern...and ask to see their passport...like this writer.

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