Zoe Saldana responds to criticisms regarding her playing Nina Simone in the “biopic.”
As genuine and heartfelt as this appears to be, a grown ass woman of color should have a clear understanding and empathy for the complex issues of representation in Hollywood….ESPECIALLY as it relates to presenting the life of Nina Simone. You love and respect Nina- GREAT- then attach your name to the project as a co-producer. Ego and careerism are a mutha.
Or grown ass black ppl can look beyond a fucking shade of black and realize black is fucking black.
How dare you tell her she’s not black enough bc her genes made her a little Lighter
How dare you ask her dignify your own colorism against your self your brothers your sisters
How dare you
How fucking dare you
Like she doesn’t already have it hard enough in an industry where her beauty makes her enough to fit in but not win their awards not allow her to die with a legacy
We wonder why our own never gives back
We can’t even recognize them as our own.
So yes I understand that for dark skin Americans it’s always a little fucking harder
But us yellow folk still treated like fucking slaves too
House or field a slave is still a fucking slave
And it won’t stop till we realize the 1% rule is still there if your as black as night or as light as day.
Black person get a role of a significant black person and y’all mad cuz she a little lite
I feel like somebody doesn’t know shit about Nina Simone.
But hey, I could be wrong.
Prolly ain’t, tho.
The issue here is that people understand racism, but not structural colorism. Blackface is not unique to the U.S., it has a history in old Cuban theater, as well. Whitening and lightening darker folk in print and other forms of entertainment is not new, it has an oppressive history. Zoe deserves critique for not fully understanding that constructive criticism is not someone being a “hater,” or not wanting her to be happy, but that her accepting this role perpetuates an ongoing problem of the preference for lighter, more European-featured women to play darker, more African-featured women. And for a woman like Nina Simone, *what she looked like* was integral to her identity. Zoe’s ignorance of this issue, as loving (and naive) as her intent may be, does not get a pass. You cannot conflate your ignorance with love for your people.
I have no qualms about an AfroLatina playing an African-American if all other ducks were in order. I think Zoe could play Eartha Kitt … would be interested to see. But this? No. Still, I’m excited for Zoe as an actress and as a proud AfroLatina/Dominicana, but this role for her seems like it will be a bit of (an offensive) mess …
Judy Garland as Black Face: On the left is an image of Judy Garland as herself with no make up on besides some blush and lipstick. However on the right is an image of Judy Garland dressed up as Black Face. Let me explain, blackface was a term used during the 1900’s(and still today) for white people to dress up as African Americans by smearing black paint on their face. Not only does the video show her with black makeup on, but she is also wearing white paint over her actual lip line. And she is given a black wig with braid in it. There is so much racism and stereotyping going on in this picture I don’t even know where to start. Honestly, I think I’ll let the picture explain itself and let you form your own opinions on it, just let it soak in.
Picture taken from here: http://machui826.deviantart.com/art/Human-Scar-quot-try-out-2-quot-180542830
This is a humanized cosplay of Scar from the Lion King. I believe that this person darkened their skin to cosplay this. Here’s a picture of them preparing for another cosplay which was the best picture I could find which showed their natural skin tone: http://machui826.deviantart.com/art/Man-the-mirror-271518757?q=gallery%3Amachui826%2F10092407&qo=5
A link to their dA: http://machui826.deviantart.com/
The submitted picture came across my dash today with some people praising it for not making Scar a white man, therefore whitewashing him. But…they used brownface to do it. :/
Their dA info says that they’re from Hong Kong so it’s possible that they aren’t aware that this is offensive. Still wrong though.
When this came across my FB news feed it had 15 likes and 10 comments all saying how great of a costume it was. I was the only person who said anything negative about it, and by the time I unfriended her it had something like 26 likes.
Blackface is never ok and this costume is racist.
As for the screenshots of the comments, these are two of the links that those ignorant fools post:
I debated about putting this photo up on my blog simply because I’m hoping that the girl (and the guy - but I have no idea who he is) in question realizes that she was wrong. She never defended herself in the thread so I remain hopeful that she won’t ever do this again. The guys who end up defending her are so offensive, though. I know I posted their comments before but I wanted to post them again with the photo to show the context.
Oh, and what you don’t see in these screen shots? All their comments were ‘liked’ by people.
While I know the girl in this photo never meant to be racist, that she supports Obama, and meant this as a funny round-about-compliment, she still looks stupid and she is still being racist. That’s why I decided to post this. I hope people who are thinking they might dress up in blackface as Obama (or whoever) because “he’s so cool” or “look at how much I love him” will see this and think twice. Just don’t do blackface. It’s as simple as that.
I posted a link to this article earlier, but I’ll post it again. It’s a good discussion on why blackface is never ever ok.
probably the absolute closest you can possibly get to a modern day representation of slavery.
There’s just so much appropriation and ableism rolled up into two images.
I went to watch the video, and they’re in all different types of face/body paint, and it seems the woman is supposed to be panther, and not a person,
You’re a massive idiot
take a look at the yellow eyes, and there’s also a panther in the video. They are covered in all types of paint throughout the video. Watch it.
I’d also like to point out that the entire world isn’t America and not everybody, around the world, finds painting your face black offensive because it doesn’t mean the same thing to them.
blackface means the same thing everywhere. Stop being an idiot.
America is always trying to pin its morals on the rest of the world. Remember those Australians who done the Jackson 5 thing? It was only the American guy on the show who made a big deal of it
and got on his high horse, nobody else even thought twice because it doesn’t represent the same thing to them.
blackface has only ever had ONE intention and meaning worldwide. Its racist everywhere
There isn’t anywhere in the world where blackface isn’t offensive and isn’t meant to degrade Black people. You’re lying. You clearly don’t know shit.
Racism is very alive and well in Australia and South Africa.
The country that brought you apartheid isn’t racist. Lol! Actual Black people that live or have lived in South Africa are saying this this is offensive, degrading and is blackface but of course your omnipotent ass didn’t know that shit.
Stop giving your opinion until you can resist the urge of spewing bullshit.
Lol at people hating on Yolandi for “Blackface”. She was born and raised in South Africa, where black face means nothing to them and means everything to stupid Americans. America started black face, while other countries get a kick. She might have been making a statement of “Well she’s white, how is she from Africa”, which is said more about Die Antwoord than anything.
Bitch, REALLY? Really. REALLY?
“She might have been making a statement.” MIGHT HAVE BEEN. Do you seriously think a group that wrote the song “I Fink You Freaky” is that nuanced in their social commentary on race? Do you even think they give two shits about race or anything but making their bangs look like they were burned off in a kitchen fire? And regardless of what her intentions were, regardless of her origins (which are on some good ol racist bullshit origins I can tell you that much) she is dressing in blackface.
Die Antwoord is a South African band. Are you that basic that you don’t even know the racist history of that country, IN WHICH BLACKS ARE THE MAJORITY?????? Do you live in a world where The Color of Friendship ended racism or something? Must be nice to not think of all the Black South Africans who still face blatant discrimination even after they had a BLACK PRESIDENT OMG WUT R U SRS~*~*~*~*
And this cesspool of human indecency may be
AfricanAfrikaaner but since when did being a White African label you as savage, as barbaric, as a subhuman in comparison to the superiorities of the West in the same way Black Africans are?
*If you look closely enough, you’ll see Yolandi’s great-grandfather (holding the gun)*
There is no way in hell you are stupid enough to believe that these crackers who can’t seem to find a good barber are trying to “debunk the rumor that all Africans are Black.”
And y’all think that just because Americans were the ones who invented it that they’re the only ones who can be guilty of being racist for it? And that just because Black Americans were the target of blackface stereotyping that they’re the only ones who can be offended by it? There are so many fucking examples of blackface abroad in the past ten-fifteen yearsoutside of the United States that there is no way in hell that your fucking god damn oxygen-deprived brain basic as all shit brain can think that Die Antwoord can throw on some black makeup and not be seen as racist pieces of garbage.
I hope this was informative! Do not open your mayo mouth next time the grown ups are talking about race, sweetie, you’ll hurt yourself.
So this happened and no one thought “this is wrong. We should stop this”. No teachers, no parents, no students.
Die Antwoord —Fatty Boom Boom
The Lady Gaga on the video is hilarious. :’-D
I’m not even surprised anymore. I’m just numb.
Don’t you love it when AsiaN models put on blackface and pretend to represent an entire continent
this is not africa
let’s see how many of the anti-black asian brigade who totes cares about all racism addresses this
we already know the answer tho
This is appalling.
Signal boost for any fellow Asians of whatever sort; we need to not do, or condone. or stay silent about, this sort of shit.
gross as hell.
smh at this shit
sadly, there is a lot of asian anti-black fuckery. case in point: this stupid fucking toothpaste that i truly wish did not exist as a brand and a million other microaggressions and misconceptions towards blackness :/
is there a source for this photoshoot? cause, couldn’t it possibly be that it was done as a tribute/inspired by africa or whatever? does everything here HAVE to strike you as offensive?
i mean, ok, if it was meant as racist then you have a point…which is why a source would be nice
other than that it’s an awesome looking shoot.
are you stupid or dumb? oh this is so awesome. Blackface, a caricature of Black people that has existed to demonstrate how coonish and ugly we are. cause Black people never look like this. and tribute? uhhh… how is racist depictions of Black people from anywhere a tribute? how is trivializing an entire CONTINENT to a single look and imagery a tribute? simple bitches, i swear.
does everything HAVE to strike you as offensive? can i ask you another question?
how many blatantly racist and offensive things can you minimize and stomach and still not consider yourself an anti-Black piece of shit?
Judy Garland in Blackface in the 1938 film Everybody Sing.
Judy Garland performs a song in blackface. In the context of the movie she is not just performing in blackface but actually pretending to be black. Here is a snippet of dialog:Ricky: “What’s your name?”
Judy: “Opal Pearl Washington and I’m one of twins. Emerald Ruby passed on but my mammy didn’t mind so much cause we have twelve others, all twins.”
A year later, she would capture the imaginations of children for years to come in the classic film The Wizard of Oz.
racist piece of shit
Can we talk about how Tracey Ullman is a celebrated comedian with a show where she dresses up in black/brown face from time to time and how the hell this is happening still
Well that’s thoroughly uncomfortable.
Melina discusses Save the Pearls
And hits the nail on the hammer.
I can’t even ragequit over this. I actually refuse to.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Victoria Foyt decided to write a dystopian young adult series called Save the Pearls in which global warning has made dark skin and its supposed ability to withstand “The Heat” the most valuable genetic manifestation one can possess. This increases their “mate rate” in a world where people must mate at an early age for some reason or another. You can read more about the story’s premise here (from the author’s failure-ridden interview with the Huffington post) and here (which includes some amazing commentary from Tumblr users).
Let’s dissect this waste of monetary resources, paper, and cosmic existence.
Everyone should read this.
I don’t think anyone understands how much I love Kiki. :I
Look at this beautiful post.