|Beyonce covers L'Officiel Magazine|
So by now I'm sure most of you have seen or at least heard about Beyonce's new photo spread for French fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris in which the pop starlet was commissioned to pay tribute to the late Fela Kuti? In case you haven't heard, it has generated quite the controversy as Beyonce agreed to shoot one of the looks for the magazine's 90th Anniversary issue in blackface! See below for more pics...
Though I'm not surprised at Beyonce's decision to shoot the spread in blackface, I am disappointed.
For those who may not know, blackface is theatrical makeup historically used in minstrel shows. Its main purpose was to propagate American racist stereotypes in theater.
|Historical poster demonstrating blackface.|
Given the historical context, it's easy to understand why people are outraged. I personally think it was a dumb move, but no dumber than some of the celebrities who call themselves "role models" and then pose nude or demi-nude for men's magazines in the name of publicity. At the end of the day, I think the issue has definitely been broadcast because it deals with race and not sex. After all, if she were naked on the cover, most of us would be applauding her (and/or drooling).
Hmm...what do you all think? Fierce or foolish? Do you think it's art or an atrocity? Soundoff below!