Friday, February 5, 2010

Race Exclusion in a Modern World?

I'd like to weigh in on the Vanity Fair "Young Hollywood" cover that is garnering so much controversy. As a courtesy for the curious I'll admit I am white and I am male.
I've read blogs and comments about this cover which includes ALL white girls on the fold out cover. The previous issues produced under the same premise have not been quite so alabaster but, as they say in sales, you are only as good as your last month's record. That said, this seemed pretty par for the course.

Firstly, I'd like to note that there are specifically Hispanic publications and Black publications, Vanity Fair is probably as close to a White publication as the NAACP will allow. So why is it surprising that this is what we see? Remember that ultimately they are selling to a target audience. If Jet targeted White readers they probably wouldn't have nothing but Black people in their magazine. (Does that make Tiger Woods officially White because he was on last month's Vanity Fair cover?)

Secondly, I'd like to note that it "Affirmative Action" definitely touched Hollywood and all other media outlets. We can see this on Black shows that have a single white person or family and the reverse on a predominately White show where there is a token Black, Hispanic and/or Asian. (I won't go down the rabbit hole of how successful "minority characters" are on a white show and how retarded "white characters" are on a Black show.) So now we expect a forced setting where a bunch of White folks fit a topic and they have to quickly come up with a "Ethnic" to throw in to the bunch.

Wouldn't that type of contrived connection offend people more? I'm not going to argue how Gabby Sidibe deserved or didn't deserve to be included or why Zoe Saldana was too old or why Amanda Seyfried and Kristen Stewart were on the Vanity Fair's cover for "Hollywood's New Wave." I would just like to start seeing people accept that race doesn't matter. People are People, be famous or successful because of you, not because of your skin color.

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