In the video for his song "Trop Fresh", Monsieur Nov croons to a drop-dead gorgeous woman in that soulful, sexy voice that never fails to send shivers down my spine. The passion and chemistry between these two stunning people fairly oozes off the screen and there is absolutely no mistaking that want each other something fierce.
Naturally, cue the instantaneous, seemingly irresistible urge for someone to assert with all the authority of a professional geneticist that the woman can't be black, isn't black or must be mixed with something. Or better yet, she's just really, really tan.
Okay, first, that's my new favorite song. And second...lawd!
Now that I've gotten that out of my system, here are the comments that made me roll my eyes so hard I think I might have actually seen my brain. Please keep in mind that all of the these comments were made by the same person over the span of a few months.
I tan exactly like them, you are the one that is wrong. I am just trying to correct you because it's important for people to know that there is another race that exists that people mistake to be related to the people born with black skin. This woman was not born brown. Both of them are related to Navi Rawat.
1 day ago
Actually I deleted my comment and I am related to both of them and I have met both of them in person. I have tanned darker with them too.
1 day ago
You know, that woman is Asian. She's only tan.Um...isn't Monseiur Nov of East Asian descent? But I digress...
This man, tans JUST like her.
According to the commenter, it's perfectly natural that Monsieur Nov would portray this particular woman as his love interest because they're the same. They're both Asian, so it's perfectly okay for him to be attracted to her. So...what? A black woman wouldn't be okay?
Now, I've never made it a habit of worrying about every little comment that's made on the 'Net because I value my sanity and good health. But in some instances, I can't stay silent. And in this case, let's be honest here: This has nothing to do with whether this particular model in this particular video is black or not. Not really. It's really all about denying and negating black beauty, black worth and the fact that we deserve to be loved and cherished just like anyone else.
It's the almost insatiable need to downplay our appeal, undervalue our femininity and marginalize our very existence. And the fact that the commenter felt such a burning desire to return to this video time and time again to repeat the same thing over and over again, tells me far more than the actual words ever will.