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IBAR: Her Meme-ish Proposal, My Way - Hotitudinosity
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IBAR: Her Meme-ish Proposal, My Way
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jalabert From: jalabert Date: August 12th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a problem made all the more difficult by the fact that one is often called upon to represent her race before she has figured out how to represent herself. Perhaps the matter is a bit overstated a bit here, and I truly hope that it's less true than when I was younger, but the perceptions of us all often hinge on something so fleeting as a sentence in an interview or a faux pas in a social situation. Imagine how life would be for you if the behavior of Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan influenced public perceptions of all white women? You'd know why I cringe every time I see MTV Cribs--or just about any crime show that's not CSI:NY, which ironically enough has been criticized by some people for its lack of crime perpetrated by people of color. The criticism was actually that it featured so many crimes by white people it wasn't truly representative of life in New York City.
hsapiens From: hsapiens Date: August 12th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been thinking about this while cleaning house - hey, I'm having a doozy of a weekend - and trying to figure out why this horrifies me so much. My personal philosophy is to try to take credit/blame for my own actions. It means I can't blame others for my mistakes which can be uncomfortable when I screw up but it frees me, too. Because while I control my own actions, I cannot make choices for or force others to do or not do. I don't have to take on responsibility for other adults' choices. The thought that I'd have to pay a price for Lohan's drugging, Paris's sexual antics, or Britney's unique approach to marriage actually makes me angry.

I also know that when one holds prejudice, one forgets the 10 examples that disprove it and remembers the one that "proved" it. I don't mind answering for my own behavior but I blanch at the thought of having the worst human behaviors used to represent me. :| I was thrilled to turn 20 because I was no longer a "teen" and I couldn't be lumped into that "doesn't vote, is irresponsible, doesn't care about anything outside of herself" stereotype any longer.

The criticism was actually that it featured so many crimes by white people it wasn't truly representative of life in New York City.

Excuse me while I go and hit my head against the wall.
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