Is PETA Racist??? 2010 State of the Union

Written by on January 27, 2010

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!!!!WARNING IF YOU ARE AT WORK YOU MAY NOT WANT TO CLICK THE VIDEO, IT CONTAINS FULL NUDITY!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! I DON’T WANT A FEW MOGULS TO LOSE THEIR JOB VIEWING THIS!!! 

I am not a follower of PETA, so I don’t really know if this is regular behavior from them. But I will say that I find the video a little disturbing, especially since they claim to be the voice for animal rights. PETA has released its 2010 State of the Union address, and needless to say it is a little racy. The video shows an African-American woman slowly striping down to her bare essentials while delivering the speech in front of the Senate chamber. As I watched the video I just knew that at some point she would stop. I didn’t think she would go all the way there! But she did, she stripped all the way down to her Born-Day suit.

 

The part of the video I found a little disturbing was the fact that as she stripped, the members of the Senate became more and more hyped, cheering and smiling the whole time. Being that the majority of the audience were White men, the clip reminds me of tales of auction blocks and African slaves being raped. In a time where positive images of minorities on-screen is little to none, how can PETA justify having a Black woman strip down in front of White men as they clap and holler? 

 Racial images and stereotypes are powerful even in seemingly innocent situations. Do you think PETA would have had a White female take off her clothes on front of an all Black audience? Probably not. I am all for shock values, but not at the expense of other races or to continually portray stereotypical images. 

What you think Moguls? Am I too hard on these PETA fools?


Reader's opinions
  1. jinakisweetness   On   January 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    i’m so very glad to read this kind of critique on UML!! Kudos! The notion that this is a “racist” image is true to me. they may have believed that by having a Black model that they were being more appealing to all people, but the White, male audience applauding the Black woman stripping naked is reminiscent of many other images throughout antiquity. dare we bare the body of a Black woman in an attempt to bring attention to cruelty to animals? is the cause of ethical treatment toward animals more important than the dignity of a Black woman? sounds like 3/5ths again to me. great post!!!

    • Danny Ocean   On   January 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      Thanx as always. I would have thought that this video would get some negative press. But it seems to still be under the radar. Maybe in the next few days the mainstream will speak out about it. I would like to hear PETA’s official response. Not that it would make it any better, but I am curious to see what they have to say. Especially since they get on folks for wearing fur and things. Someone needs to get on them.

      • jinakisweetness   On   January 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

        no doubt! i’m sure they’ll justify instead of apologizing and removing the advertisement. i think it’s awesome that UML is raising questions regarding the media’s use of Black images!

  2. Anonymous   On   July 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Check out PETA’s State of the Union Undresses from previous years and then take this year’s into consideration.

What ya think??


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