3.17.2012

Black Women Can't Dress (or so I've read...)

The incomparable Michelle Obama
According to French Elle, black women can add another item to the list of things that we lack:  style.  To hear the article's author tell it, it wasn't until the black First Lady came along that we shed our ghetto not-so-fabulous wardrobe and learned how to dress like....well...ladies.

From Wonkette:
In an article in the French version of Elle magazine called — yes, really — “Black Fashion Power,” writer Nathalie Dolivo discusses Michelle Obama’s style and the fact that she’s allowing black women to finally dress well, godddddd, what took so long? The article, which appears to have since been removed from the Elle France website (clicking on the link now reveals an “OUPS!” message — “OUPS,” indeed), says that our FLOTUS’s sense of style means that “chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged to its codes [of] streetwear.” Lord.

Fond of puns and made-up words as well as racist remarks, Dolivo also invented the term “black-geoisie” for the purposes of this article to mean…well, black women coopting the style of the bourgeoisie. Because the bourgeoisie is white, duh!

After having a few more glasses of lunchtime wine and arranging her bangs just so, Dolivo also decided that Mrs. Obama retains elements of being black by including accessories like “a shell necklace” into her white bourgeois outfits. She also described Michelle Obama’s style as a “jazzy” take on Jackie Kennedy’s style.

Here is a vast portion of the diarrhea in one place:

In this America led for the first time a black president, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged to its codes [of] streetwear … But if in 2012 the “black-geoisie” has integrated all the white codes, it does not [do so] literally. [There] is always a classic twist, with a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a ‘créole de rappeur’) that recalls the roots.
Malheureusement, commentators across various fashion blogs covering this story have noted that this kind of stance isn’t really all that surprising in France (or, umm, the Netherlands). Says one commentator on Fashion Bomb Daily, an early Stateside reporter of this gaffe-within-a-gaffe-within-a-gaffe, “The saddest thing is that this stupid journalist thought she was doing something positive for us. And that’s what many French people would see in this article. I’m sure that even educated French people wouldn’t see any offense in this.”

As of yet, no apologies from Dolivo, but here’s her TWITTEUR for anyone who wants to send her pictures of Anthony’s Wiener schnitzel or people committing adulterous acts with baguettes.
And so it continues...

*sigh*

For the first time in a long time, I must admit that I've been rendered speechless.

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I'm heartened to learn that people aren't very happy about this and are speaking out against it.  A facebook page has also popped up, urging people to boycott French Elle.  

10 comments:

  1. *Rubs temples*

    I am sooooo sick of this shit.

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  2. I remember this shit. *sigh*

    I hope these bouts of European racism are an eye-opener for any Black people who think they should pack their bags and move across the pond. From the killing of Mark Duggan in London to that Dutch magazine and it's Niggabitch situation, to French Elle - and all the no-pologies in between - I'm really hoping Black folks are paying attention.

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    1. *nods* Can't trust none of these mofos.

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  3. some how I think giving her the middle finger would be slightly more intellectual and mature than her article

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  4. I am so glad you mentioned how racist Europe is. I was born and raised in London, and have been fortunate in that I have travelled Europe extensively. For all those who don't know Europe is racist as HELL. Just stay in Italy or Spain for awhile and let's see how long you think Europe is "progressive".

    I have to correct some Africans and African Americans when I hear them say Europe is the continent of the colour blind. America has major race problems but at least people are there talking about said problems and quite visibly too!
    This is not the case in Europe. If you mention racism or anything pertaining to race then you are called out as having a chip on your shoulder. I find many black people are so divided here that progression seems nearly impossible. Too many black people over here are way too eager to take the ostrich route.

    All Africans or African Americans need do, is name ten current world famous European black people from any profession to see there is a problem. Even people like Sade do WAY better in America than they do in Europe.

    I am in no way saying America is a safe place for people of colour, just look at Trayvon Martin, but at least people are vocal about racial issues whereas black Europeans are usually deafeningly silent.

    I would of really raged about this subject but I'm on my phone :(

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  5. All Africans or African Americans need do, is name ten current world famous European black people from any profession to see there is a problem. Even people like Sade do WAY better in America than they do in Europe.

    Thank you!!!!

    but at least people are vocal about racial issues whereas black Europeans are usually deafeningly silent.

    We are known our loud mouths.

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  6. Just to give an insight from a French point of view, a journalist called Audrey Pulvar did called out on Dolivo's absurdity during a TV show called "Le Grand Journal". Also, she called Dolivo a racist (which is very much true IMO but anyway) on air (on radio)but of course, Dolivo acted all outraged and sh*t,and defended her article because everyone knows that being called "a racist" is actually worse than being racist. Oh well.

    And yeah, it looks like shit is hitting the fan in Europe and especially in France (not to mention the killings of Senagalese people that took place in Italy not so long ago): a very well known parfumeur (Guerlain) is being sued for racial verbal abuse (idk if the expression is right tho) towards 3 people that were working for the Eurostar company. He basically said that France was a sh*t country, with a sh*t service, and that he was only being served by immigrants (not acknowledging that these so called "immigrants" are actually of French nationality). And that wasn't the 1st time, what he said previously was much, much worse.

    So yeah, I'm not quite proud of being French right now. Especially as a Black girl.

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  7. Black people have always been fly, so that broad can have a whole stadium full of seats! To Black European brethren, we feel you. We do. Michelle Obama is flawless. Full stop.

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