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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Racism Jumps the Shark

Racists are upset that Target is using white girls to model its "Annie" line of dresses, because even though the Annie character is a white girl with red hair, the current actress of the Broadway play is black. From the Daily Mail article:
Target is under fire from angry consumers over its use of predominantly white models to promote a new clothing line inspired by the recent remake of hit musical Annie, which is led by an African American actress.  
A Change.org petition issued by motivational speaker L'Sean Rinique Shelton, based in Bear, Delaware, calls for the retail giant to remove the 'disrespectful' in-store displays and apologize to the movie's 11-year-old star, Quvenzhan√© Wallis. 
'In the current stench of racism and division amongst Americans, why would Target singlehandedly disrespect Quvenzhané Wallis and add more pain to injury as it relates to race relations?' poses Ms Shelton, a mother-of-three.
So, it is okay to cast a black person in a white role, but not use white people to model dresses developed for that same role. So, using that same logic, it should be okay to cast a white man as Martin Luther King, Jr., after which it would be verboten to use black men to model Martin Luther King, Jr.

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