Friday, February 18, 2011

Yasmin ain't got no Alibhai for this piece of nonsense

Sorry for the shit title, but I do like a good pun.

YAB's latest piece of desperate racial shit-stirring is on Beyoncé's mysterious skin-lightening. First of all, I would be very suspicious of these photos - photographers use light in cunning ways, they could be shopped, so frankly YAB may have been rather quick to rush to judgement. But, in the interests of further delving into YAB's article, let's assume Beyoncé has deliberately lightened her skin, Jacko style.

YAB's contention is the following:
"...I believe Beyonce is betraying all black and Asian women"
Always looking for an issue is YAB, she is Darcus Howe in female form. There's a lot of bollocks in this article, and to prove it, I'm going to quote YAB a few times, substituting "woman of colour" or "black" for "white woman" or "white". Let's see how it looks (bold and italic denote a change).
"...When white celebrities appear to deny their heritage by trying to make themselves look black, I despair for the youngsters who see those images. 
Funnily enough I wouldn't entirely disagree with this, a lot of white celebs do seem to do this (not via skin tone, but via clothing certainly), and a lot of kids as well. Still, pretty much irrelevant.
"White women across the world spend a lot of money, time and emotional energy on treatments to achieve an appearance which the Western world defines as perfection: usually blonde, thin, light skinned and with European features. "
Yes, yes they do. Loads of white women do that, although the light-skinned thing is shite, most go for orange nowadays. The narrow definition of perfection is BS but it's NOT a black thing.
"The answer is that every white woman has an important social and cultural history that cannot simply be bleached away or denied by the use of hair straighteners. That’s why I passionately believe that insert white female celeb here's ignorance of how this betrays her heritage is so insidiously damaging to all white people.
No-one would ever say that, would they. It would be "racist".

OK, enough substitution, it just gets too wacky now
"So why do all these women want to be whiter? The warped values they subscribe to evolved out of colonialism: white people were not only powerful but like mythical gods, physically superior and invincible."
What the fuck? Mythical gods? Chris must we apologise for colonialism AGAIN?

And finally, this.
"Beyonce’s unique, sensual beauty owed much to her racial and ethnic background."
Like every single woman in the world really. But obviously this is more important because she's black.

A tiresome, tedious article from a tiresome, tedious, tub-thumping racist who I can only assume the DM employ to balance out some of their other ravings. Just because she's black doesn't make it any better though.


  1. I think the real reason behind this piece is much simpler:

    Ah well, she can always be trusted to give us bloggers something to write about.

  2. That's a simple and accurate way of looking at it, I like it!

    Great pic of Mrs Jay-Z as well, class.

  3. I think it's a bit of a waste of effort to attack YAB. As you say she spouts utter bollocks in every article these days, and is a ludicrous, blinkered troll who in my view exists just to cover the days between LaToynbee's articles.

  4. I saw title of the piece, thought 'yeah, in much the same way that trying to get a tan betrays all white people, you dickhead Y-AB' then remembered, what is the point of becoming even mildly irritated over an article by a twerp with an almost unblemished track record of spouting the most comically wrong-headed bollocks imaginable? I thought leave it, Dave, she's not wurf it.

    And didn't even bother clicking on it.

    BTW, there must be at a least a fair chance that all this piffle is the result of a straighforward optical anomaly, caused by, say, the level of ambient lighting. We must have all seen images that make white people look darker than a Yoruban Coalminer (photocopies of photographs are a classic) without it meaning anything whatsoever.

    Dunno, who cares? Ms B. looks pretty damn good, regardless of how dark or light she's represented.

  5. Arrgh heck! I meant Ms K.!! Let me off, she typically only goes by one name FFS!

    Please God, don't let it be Freudian! Mind bleach quick!

  6. Haha Dave, what has been thought can never be un-thought! You ae right as is John that it isn't worth it, sometimes you just can't help yourself you know.

  7. Who are all these people?