Who could blame you if on Sunday night, after Miss America was crowned, you wanted to quit America for a little bit — or at least Twitter? Nina Davuluri, an aspiring med student, performed a Bollywood dance, charmed the judges’ hearts, and took home the coveted, glitzy Miss America crown. She also poked the bear that is racist morons on the Internet. The Syracuse, New York-born Davuluri was called everything from an “Arab” to a member of “Al-Quaeda” to “Miss 7-11″ … despite being from the good ol’ U.S. of A suburbs.
Well, this story gets even more depressing. Miss America Nina Davuluri might be too brown for some racist twats to consider her “American.” But, some people have noted, Davulauri might be too dark-skinned to be considered pageant-worthy in India, a country that has been known to privilege fair-skinned women who lighten their complexion with dangerous skin-bleaching creams. Keep reading »
Wow, SkinWhite. Symbolism much? Latino pop culture blog Guanabee noticed this ad for SkinWhite skin lightening cream which conveys a message about race via black and white chess pieces: “See, the white queen is reigning over all the black pieces. That’s because the black king took her as his queen. Because she’s white. Get it?”
It’s unknown if this ad is “spec work” or if it actually ran anywhere. But the fact that an ad for a product that helps darker-skinned people bleach their skin — itself disconcerting, as we recently discussed regarding Vaseline’s skin lightening app on Facebook — thought to depict “white wins over black” as a concept is troubling enough. [Guanabee] Keep reading »
Detectives found an array of skin-whitening creams and medications in Michael Jackson‘s home, according to recently unsealed search warrants. A cupboard in Michael’s bedroom contained 19 tubes of hydroquinone and 18 tubes of Benoquin. It is suspected that Michael used the skin-whitening creams to remove the pigment from the patches of his skin that weren’t affected by the skin condition vitiligo. Benoquin is the brand name of monobenzone, which the American Academy of Dermatology lists as a permanent treatment of vitiligo. Hydroquinone is a bleaching chemical typically prescribed to treat freckles, blotches and other pigmented spots in order to give the skin a more even tone, but it is also found in OTC products. The FDA has had hydroquinone on its cancer watch list for decades. [Fox 411, Web MD] Keep reading »
I stayed up way past my bed time last night to watch Jessica Simpson
‘s new VH1 show, “The Price of Beauty
.” I didn’t have high hopes for the show in the first place (more on that later), but it ended up being kinda terrible in a way I hadn’t expected: “The Price of Beauty” is ostensibly about Simpson and her friends, CaCee Cobb and Ken Paves, traveling to different countries to learn about what they consider beautiful.
But instead, “The Price of Beauty” was a rather embarrassing display about rude American tourists who make inappropriate jokes and shriek, squeal and squirm when offered strange food. When Miss American Pie Jessica Simpson burst into a fit of sniggering giggles while meditating in a Buddhist temple with a Thai monk, I covered my eyes with my hands and winced. Keep reading »
This print ad for Imedeen’s skin whitening pill is so awesomely offensive because A) the very nature of skin whitening products is racist, B) making a blow job joke to sell a product is sexist, and C) suggesting she swallows (especially as I am eating a yogurt) is disgusting! It’s a triple threat! Way to go, Imedeen! [Feministing] Keep reading »