Eric Deggans, chairman of the media-monitoring committee of the National Association of Black Journalists, told the New York Post that publications need to be more careful in situations like this, as the idea that high yellow/redbone black folks are more acceptable than the darkies is still a major source of contention within the black community. According to Deggans, Beyoncé’s “skin is lighter [in the Elle ad] than the way I’m used to seeing her.” Oh, boo hoo.
Here’s a scan of the offending ad, click to enlarge:
Now do I think this is a problem? Yeah, sure, okay. Why not? White Barbie dolls and all, yeah, I get it. But the worsening economy, the impending energy crisis, genocide in Darfur — iono, those things seem to be just a tad more important in my eyes. Maybe I’m wrong.
*sigh* The issues that we, as a people, choose to concern ourselves with sometimes. SMH.
Horribly offensive racist whitewashed ad scan from Oh No They Didn’t.