Monday, February 21, 2011

I am writing this while wearing white face and a powdered wig...



Today is President's Day. And what better way to acknowledge the accomplishments of our Founding Fathers and salute American culture than to paint my face white and don my version of post-colonial American accoutrement.

What?

You say that George Washington accomplished more than being white and wearing breeches? You say a better way to honor him would be to, say, talk about his heroism in the Revolutionary War or his work as the nation's first president? You say white face and faux colonial wear has naught to do with American culture? You say my way of honoring is, at best, a narrowing of one man to his race and imagined sartorial choices?

Bah! I say you know nothing of homage.

Now, L'Officiel magazine--they know how to do things. In a purported tribute to musician and afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, they dressed none other than Beyonce in black(er) face and so-called African-inspired garb for a high-fashion spread.




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