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curLRocker curLRocker 6 years
"what's offensive is that she's always trying to look non-black" -- EXACTLY!! i'm not black, but i'd be generally offended by this woman if i was!
nguidjol nguidjol 6 years
Well I'm black and I think its incredibly offensive. My skin tone is not a fad or a fashion statement. I also think its odd that the magazine would say that the looks are "far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce." The idea that a light skinned black woman needs to darken her skin to look more "African" shows an ignorance to the varieties of skin tones that exist in Africa. The whole thing is just odd and really idiotic. THANK YOU! And maybe that editor thinks Africa is a country like those ignorants always do.
azulsky azulsky 6 years
Yes they did it in Top Model and Tyra had to and did apologize for being insensitive and the majority of black people do embrace our African ancestry, note we don't lighten our skin or dye our hair Blond like Beyonce. Maybe the editors of this magazine and other mags should take Essence's and Italian Vogue's example and explore our beauty with people who are actually the skin tone they are trying to create. Instead of using black face, I don't know, maybe hire an actual black person with that complexion. Maybe they should stop doing pictorials with us in jungle themes and bone accessories. And if you do not know why it's offense please research black face, Fela Kuti (the man they were suppose to be honoring) and Africans throughout the African diaspora (all Africans are not dark skin).
azulsky azulsky 6 years
This is offensive (and I am Black). I don't know how the editors or Beyonce thought this would go over well. Blackface is simply offensive, Tyra had to apologize for doing it on her show and Beyonce is no exception. Not to mention the animal prints and bone-like accessories, Seriously Bey, seriously, no thought of maybe I should rethink this set-up. Also the editors couldn't find one black model, actress, singer with that skin-tone to be in those shots, they could have used her bandmates Kelly or Michelle. It's just tacky and tactless.
Kitty-Collins Kitty-Collins 6 years
^^ Agreed!
allthingspop allthingspop 6 years
Just because something doesn't offend you, doesn't mean it's not offensive. I'm offended because it's pointless and it's been done over and over again and it is always pointless.
Frida83 Frida83 6 years
Ehh? Ok, I'm not black but I don't see how this could be offensive? Is there something wrong with black skin? No. Do they make it seem like there's something wrong with black skin? No. I don't get the controversy. Granted I don't know the 'history' or what 'black face' is supposed to be, but don't they do this all the time in magazines and fashion spreads, change skin tones and play with ethnicity. Is there something wrong with Africa being associated with black skin anyway and if so why? I'm from Sweden and we're always made out to be all fair and blonde. Is it true? No. Does it offend me? Not really.
Kitty-Collins Kitty-Collins 6 years
Beyonce doesn't surprise me, she does what the money dictates she must do. The L'Oreal skin whitening fiasco, pimping hair dye while wearing a weave, expressing her wish that she had been born latino, shucking and jiving at the White House with George Bush etc... She will show up anywhere, do anything to cash checks, the funny thing is that she's so blatant about it. She's in a hair color commercial wearing a weave! I just can't with her.
allthingspop allthingspop 6 years
@ Anonymous Um, I am Black also. And the sheer pointlessness of it offends me, so it's a draw between you and me. Wear wild cheetah print, think jungle, think savages, oh oh oh, think dark skin. So fashionable.
allthingspop allthingspop 6 years
What a fool. How many times do people have to say, black face is not cool, even if you're black.
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