Thursday, September 10, 2009

I knew someone was going to get upset...

CNN just posted a story about Skin whiteners being labeled as racist in Asia.

I'm not gonna say "I told you so".

Oh wait, I kinda just did. Didn't I?

Well, I told you that this wasn't a nice thing way back in February. The proof is right here.

I don't care if it's a difference in culture or not. It's discriminatory and it continues society's belief that you must look a certain way to be beautiful.

That is wrong wrong wrong.

Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Brown skin, yellow skin, pink skin; it's all beautifully different.

Let's throw away these bottles of whitener and love the skin we were born with.

It's time for society to teach self esteem rather than an unrealistic standard of beauty.

I'll get off my soap box now.


TC said...
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Brad Farless said...

I actually thought the same thing you do about the whole thing, and wrote this post about skin whiteners in the Philippines back in March.

Funny how we seem to pick up on the same stuff.

Actually, TC, most blacks / hispanics / asians in the US are far more racist than whites are, especially in the last 20 years or so. What's more, those groups being racist isn't viewed so negatively as a white person saying something even slightly, remotely racist.

Prime example:

Black person calls a black person "nigger" and it's cool and socially acceptable. White person says it and it's a hate crime.

Where's the equality in that?

I think the US has more than outdone itself in trying to "clean up the racial mess", to the point that white are the least favored group in the US, with all minorities receiving subsidies and perks and free rides. Not white people though.

In fact, I would say that the US government is racist against white folk now.

As for "jungle/yellow fever" I've had that said to me plenty of times for marrying an Asian girl, and I'm a guy. It doesn't just go the other way. What are you on about with that anyway? Doesn't seem to have any bearing.

And, I hate to break it to you but ALL news sources are tainted to some degree, even firsthand witnesses. That's human nature.

WWII didn't start because of racial issues. It started because a deranged idiot wanted power and wanted to find a way to brainwash the masses into following him. So, it started with lust for power and greed. Racism was just the chosen platform. Again, what does that have to do with the issue?

As for your reference about Germany... WTF?

It was a bad thing that happened... 60 YEARS ago. How can you really hold modern Germans accountable for what their ancestors did?

This is another problem with the US. Blacks in the US have that mentality that the white man owes them something for events that happened before our great grandparents were even born. No one owes them anything. Just like no one can blame today's Germans for what their ancestors did.

How long do they have to keep paying for that? How long do I have to keep paying for what happened to Native Americans almost 300 years ago? To blacks almost 250 years ago?

TF said...

I saw this on CNN too. It's interesting.

What's with all the exploding of racism-related comments? The issue here isn't at all having to do with race.

Indians are naturally dark and the idea of beauty there obviously trends toward a lighter tone; they aren't trying to look like white people, as some people suggest. It's simply the opposite of the American trend, where paleness looks sickly and a tan looks sexy.

I see the same issue here in Korea: girls get double-eyelid surgery and some people think it is to look more Western, but the fact is that many koreans have incredibly small eye openings and it obstructs the view of their beautiful pupils underneath.

Brad Farless said...

TF: What you said is inherently wrong. The point is that these skin color altering pills and creams, as well as double eyelid surgery, promote a standard of beauty that's not natural to the population.

Ever heard the phrase that cosmetics should enhance natural beauty and not replace it?

This desire to look other than how they were born, by lightening their skin, or by changing the way their eyes look, comes from some influence, and deny it if you want to, but that influence is western. Both things you mentioned are making the people look more white.

My wife is a native Filipino, and she told me that the concept of beauty there is very twisted. For example, the Filipinos who get TV roles or get placed as actors and actresses are primarily of mixed birth with a lighter skinned race.

I'm not sure it really has anything to do with outright racism so much as a lack of self esteem.

Besides, how normal can it be for a whole race of people to believe and preach that that they way they were born is inherently ugly and wrong?

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Brad Farless said...

@TC: Didn't you just ruin your own point by saying that Korean women are trying to look more white?

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TURIKE said...

Hey, I used to buy one of those whitening stuff - I remember my Belgium friend laughed out loud when she saw a bottle of it in my studio. I trully think there's nothing wrong in using and purchasing it, it's just simply harmless cosmetics - I'm sure that the users know that using it won't make them whiter or more beautiful, because, well, I believe that beauty comes from within. Beside, if 'whitening beauty products' are labelled as 'discriminative' then, tell me, what about this stuff they called BRONZER, isn't it too?
Anyway, it's just a thought from an ex user of whitening powder (stop using it after got pregnant).