Repeat After Me .. “I am Not Your JiggaBoo”

I originally posted this in July 2010. Since then, Beyonce has been added to the now popular fashion trend of “black face” so I thought perhaps we should revisit this topic.

Fashion is always pushing the envelope for new and innovative imagery, but when is it too much? Just when you think that we’ve gotten over that racial hump we’re sometimes reminded that perhaps some “ish” will never change?

I am somewhat torn by Beyonce’s decision to pose in “black face” for the popular publication L’Officiel Paris. Mainly because … well.. it’s Beyonce. Apparently she saw the play and was inspired by the Nigerian dancer Fela.

There’s a huge part of me that shrugs my shoulders to say it’s merely fashion, what’s the fuss about. And then there is the other huge half of me that would be quick to snap my neck and call you crazy if you would ever think to justify this foolery.

Do you think some things should be left in the past? Or can we recreate them, find the beauty of it, perhaps laugh a bit, and move on? Or is it like the “N” word and only we can do it?

I wanna know whatcha thinking? Check out a few more images of models in blackface who joined Beyonce in this trend. Study them hard and let me know if you really don’t care or if it’s offensive to you.