Well, we made it again! Yep, Time magazine. Big time. A whole article about Lady M’s hair. It’s called “Why Michelle’s Hair Matters.”
The timing couldn’t be better: we don’t want to talk about the weight MO gained on vacation, and Big Guy just wants to talk about anything other than health care death squads.
It’s a great article with visuals: we especially loved the Andy Warhol effect, and might just use it for our Christmas Card - whoops, I mean Holiday card - this year. Let me know what you think. I could probably touch them up a bit with my special facial slimming refractors.
I’m glad they didn’t just do this as a puff piece, which it easily could have been. Instead we got some insightful analysis on just what we have to deal with, being a black woman in America.
|For black women, hair has classification power (witness the connection Don Imus made between hair and sexual promiscuity when he referred to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos").|
…not to mention the power to get you fired from your big-time radio gig. And then there’s this:
|The notion of natural black hair as being subversive or threatening is not new. When the New Yorker set out last summer to satirize Michelle as a militant, country-hating black radical, it was no coincidence that the illustrator portrayed her with an Afro. The cartoon was calling attention to all the ridiculous pre-election fearmongering.|
…which is pretty cutting edge journalism, but even I didn’t realize that it was satire.
hat tip to the Grand Rapids contingent
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