FRENCH VOGUE MAKES THIS INTERESTING COUNTPOINT TO ITALIAN VOGUE'S "ALL BLACK WOMEN" ISSUE LAST YEAR!
5:18 pm - 10/14/2009
Less than a week after Hey Hey It's Saturday's now infamous "blackface" skit, fashion bible French Vogue has sparked controversy by painting a white model black for a photo shoot.
Bloggers and readers appear to be evenly split about the effect and meaning of the images.
In the US, blog site Jezebel led the condemnation, accusing the magazine of cultural insensitivity.
"What Klein and Roitfeld should know … is that painting white people black for the entertainment of other white people is offensive in ways that stand entirely apart from cultural context," Jezebel reported.
But not all readers and bloggers were convinced. On The Guardian's website, 'seanthorpe' wrote: “The American cultural imperialists of the Anglosphere are out in force again. The same dickheads tried to get a Nigerian production stopped in the west end because the actors were whiting up. Not everybody who attempts to portray somebody whose skin is a different colour than their own is Al f---ing Jolson.”
London's newspapers quickly picked up the story and referred to Hey Hey's Red Faces Jackson Five sketch, which left singer Harry Connick Jr "visibly shocked".