Race, Minorities, Entertainment and Political Correctness
It seems racism is alive and well — at least that’s what’s being shouted from the hills in the wake of No Doubt’s latest music video Lookin’ Hot. Before anyone even knew it was a thing, however, the group (or it’s representatives) pulled the video from all major music video websites and fans were victim to the PC Troll.
But what exactly does this say about so-called modern society when something like this not only gets made, but made a martyr for a cause? Amy and I had a very interesting conversation about the historical ramifications of racism and its impact on entertainment and mainstream media’s treatment of ethnicity as a whole.
Amy: We’ve got tons and tons of racial stuff to talk about! are you ready with your snacks and your cookies to calm you down?
Camiele: Dude… let’s do this because I don’t even know where to begin with this video… haha
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Amy: So, guys! we’re here to talk about the latest No Doubt music video and dish about all racial stuff we can come up with.
Camiele: Is it like the In thing to try to find the easiest way to offend people?
Amy: I don’t think it’s the “in” thing, I think there’s a huge huge wave of political correctness… did you find the MV racist or just a bit silly?
Camiele: You know what, I think a combination of both. I’m 60% native american (my dad’s mom was blackfoot). so the thought of this very white very blonde woman portraying some sort of captured Indian princess had me a bit… O.o daFUQ? If it weren’t for the fact that it was completely ridiculous, I think I might have taken more offense to it.
Amy: But a similar thing happened to Gwen with the Harajuku girls, no? She made it a thing to have her Asian girls around, no? I don’t recall anyone pulling out the Hollaback Girl MV xD
Camiele: Well, I think the fact that these ladies were ACTUALLY Asian and, for all intents and purposes, ACTUALLY Harajuku may have been the reason for that.
Amy: Yeah, but there’s been opinions that Asian, especially women, are often portrayed as tokens to be displayed. Having Harajuku girls around didn’t help one bit…
Camiele: That’s true, but what this sort of borders is on “black face,” I suppose. I know actual natives felt really disrespected like their culture was just something to satirize for the sake of entertainment.
Amy: So it seems Gwen Stefani is a repeat offender… Do you think that if Beyonce would have done the Indian get-up, it would have been considered offensive?
Camiele: Well, Beyonce at one point “painted” herself, well… put on extra dark makeup, to appear to be darker. I recall LOTS of women were very offended by it. Was there a big fuss from the Asian community about the Harajuku ladies?
Amy: The Asians didn’t care much for the Harajuku girls, but some of the negative comments on it were by Asian Americans or non-Asians. I don’t think Asians care much for Gwen Stefani or No Doubt. xD do you think she’s an easy target because she’s a blond woman?
Camiele: I think there’s such a deep seated stigma with white Americans and racism that, yes, Gwen for that fact alone makes herself an easy target.