Steven Klein noted photographer has yet again used blackfaced models (instead of authentically black) to express his artistic “vision”. The lack of awareness about the extraordinarily raw subject of blackface has made many take notice and many others turn their cheek to receive yet another disrespectful blow to the face of the subliminal struggle.
White women have aspired for years to obtain the natural sunkissed glow of the melanin that preserves the timeless beauty that many African American women or women of African descent already possess. They as well as others, have begun the incideous practice of injecting botulism (BOTOX) in their faces, lips and wrinkle areas to save themselves from the natural aging process. The issue with this current “art asthetic” is that painting an individual black is no less than ignorant and no more than perceptually fatal.
There is a rite of passage that must be endured to wear the colors of those who are black, brown, yellow, red. A right that cannot be painted on and wiped away. An indignation has been committed against the photographer, the magazine, and all associated with this sociological blasphemy.
One is fully afforded the right to express him or herself in a manner for which they see fit, but it is categorically incorrect for someone ignorant in the culture of another to misrepresent what it is to be OF COLOR by painting a white girl with a lack luster brown paint for purposes of making it less “revolting”. The representatives of the magazine actually inferred that having an African American woman pose in the magazine or to adorn the clothing advertised would be a revulsion! For that statement alone these asses are denied any priviledges to “play” in my paints!
Postmodernity has not afforded an elevation in perceptions to the point that mediums can dibble and dabble in the “alternative” perspectives of old rot filled wounds that have been bandaged for years and never really healed because the subjects were always sore and uncomfortable. Globalization is still a foundling and needs time to gestate into a healthy, viable community strong enough to stand on its own feet without the assistance of bloodied crutches riddled with the bacterium of days gone by. Sadly, cultures outside of the United States are still very blind to the sensitive nature of our dark secrets.
Recently, Harry Connick Jr. had to come to the rescue of the Black culture by informing the Australian community of the insensitive nature of a black face routine performed on a show similar to our “Gong Show”.
The ignorant crowd joins in the mischievous performance by laughing and clapping. Proof positive that many Anglo