DiversityInc's article "Baloney Meter: The World According to Vanity Fair: Thin. White. Female." about Vanity Fair's recent cover spread of young starlets—who were all white—spurred strong reactions from many of our readers. See what they had to say on the subject. Their edited comments are below.
Read "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison. Stop using mainstream media as the standard for what is acceptable, what is right, what is good, what is just, what is honorable. Why should we expect anything more or different from mainstream popular culture, even if this is 2010? If you don't like it, don't buy, don't watch, don't subscribe, don't patronize, don't get bent out of shape over it ... don't give it the credence it seeks to attain. Better yet, create your own. Thank goodness for alternative publications and media.
I think we are making a mountain out of a molehill. Why is the race card played all the time? I feel there is nothing wrong with the article. Probably all the other actresses who were left out would feature in a subsequent article. Where's the problem?
I think that Vanity Fair is discriminating against women of color. I take this very offensively, because there were a lot of upcoming actresses of color. The excuse of having to shoot within a day ... that is bull! If they really wanted, they could have reached out to many of the women of color that received nominations. They really need to do better in this day and time we are in. Women of color can sell magazines too.
The truth is ... this is the America that not only sells ... but that majority of "white" America believes in. It's just time for people of color to truly wake up and realize that integration was a schematic way to get more your monetary resources, land, and energy. Until you truly seek to do for self and one another will you be satisfied ... waiting around for VF or white America to glorify traditional African, Indian, Asian or Latino features is foolish.
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