i was wondering…I’m not doing this to be all in your face like some folk but i really want your opinion. How was beauty and the beat racist? It’s cool if you didn’t find it funny but i was wondering where did u find racism in it?
Anonymous asked: Explain the racism in the 'beauty and the beat' clip if the parody was being made by mostly black people? As a black female myself I found nothing in that offensive.no-onewants-youropinion submitted:
Since i had few ques from different followers. I turned on the clip and my co-worker (a black female) said “this is really wrong and too racist..” She stepped out and I cont to watch til the end. I replayed it. Her comment probably made it hard for to laugh, but I really do believe it’s not funny.
Onto the real ques: was the video just a parody trying to address how ridiculous stereotypes of inner city dwellers are…or just plain perpetuation of stereotypes? Well, it’s made by black people and if the black audience enjoys it, so it cant really be racist, right? Actually, it still can and is usually the case that internalized racism is this positive feedback that allows racism to continue even without the original oppressor feeding the lies. I grew up in the inner city and lots of my friends sound like this, so im not saying that actors putting on a dialect is racist, no- it’s the content this presents. For instance, inner city black woman’s newest update is popping out another baby and handing them out to strangers? REALLY? Is this the stereotype that Reagan’s been implanting in our minds through the welfare queen: black woman who cant work cause she can just have lots of children and so need financial support? random crackheads in the hood screaming for brownies in broad daylight? The image of the loud, aggressive black woman who will snap your head off for anything?
Reminds me a lot of the critics behind Tyler Perry’s work actually. Is it a progressive move from the ideal Cosby-model-black-family days …or do people watching just begin to feed into the stereotypes of the loud black woman? Why is it that dysfunctional white families on tv shows are usually just overly protective of their teenagers when dysfunctional black families on tv are “ghetto.” Like, is ghetto synonymous with dysfunctional?
Another thing. The portray of black women.Is it shocking that black women are the least romantically “marriagable” statistically when portrayals of the loud aggressive woman is constant in media, even black media? It cant be that it’s looks cause every race got some gorgeous and talented and amazing women. It’s just- our media has constructed the black female to be this lazy, welfare queen who has many children and becomes so aggressive her male partner finds her not so desirable. etc etc etc. My main point is that out of the 3.5 million people watching, im sure most of whom are not people of color, and most of them are enjoying it because they are so familiar with the stereotype. they’re not watching and having that “ah ha” moment where they realize this is addressing the problem with negative stereotypes of black people in media. no, they are very much getting the laugh from the stereotype itself. it is looking from outside and observing the dysfunctional black community that beauty and the beat derives its laugh. it prevents black communities from being seen as all american and just as the hood. it keeps black communities almost in the light of the foreigner in this nation.
imagine if this parody was made by a white director with an all black cast. there’s something to be said that this clip cud be hailed the most racist clip of the century if made by a white director but so hilarious cause black director. idk, is all press good press? is the fact that there is a presence of a black family on tv mean that we’re all liberated and equal? HELLs to the SHIT no. bad press is sometimes worse than none at all. i dont think the image that tyler perry puts out of black women for laughs and giggle and even this beauty and the beat video, is helping the alrdy problematic stereotype our society has of black women. ugh, this video is racist. glad it aint funny- i wud feel so racist for likely it.