Archive for April, 2009

Real World/Road Rules Challenge Opening: Insulting Or Complimentary?

Posted in Diversity, Entertainment, Spot The Poly, Television, Videos, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

rwrrI’ve never seen any of the previous Real World / Road Rules Challenges before, but I perked up when I saw Ruthie, from The Real World: Hawaii, shown throughout the trailer for the new season titled: The Duel 2: New Zealand.

So I watched it and, aside from the typical backstabbing, gossip blabber, and fights going on, I came away thinking more so about the opening credits. Unlike most reality-gameshows-set-in-exotic-locales where contestants are shown amongst flashes of jungle, fires, and monkeys the producers decided to get the cast involved with the native culture – by making them do the Maori haka!

I didn’t know how to feel about this one. Was it insulting to have these non-Poly, minus Ruthie, MTV-ers doing this ancient dance and chant? Or were the producers/writers trying to pay homage to the land / people where they’re filming the show?

I’ve seen the haka (mainly in reference to the All Blacks rugby team) taken from its traditional meaning and used in commercials for cars in Italy to bakeries in New Zealand and it makes me wonder – has the Haka become the new hula? Is it being exploited for its sheer exoticism? I doubt many viewers of the RW/RR Challenge will have an interest in the history of why Maori’s chant that way or stick their tongues out aggressively. I believe the majority of the MTV demographic (and hopefully I’m wrong) will view the dance as sheer savagery stereotypically attributed to Polynesians.

Alright, let me get off my soap box. All-in-all, they tried but their version of haka was whack! Most of them had a sheer look of confusion on their faces. Poor babies! Oh, well, we’ll see what else this season has in store. (The opening starts around the 5:30 mark).

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Monday Cuteness! (Lucky Janet Jackson Fan)

Posted in Entertainment, monday cuteness, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Well, this is actually a little NSFW-ish. It’s a video of one VERY lucky Janet Jackson fan who was handpicked by the diva herself to be tied up, grinded on, and mentally tortured for the duration of  “Would You Mind” from her All For You album.

Dude is going ballistic and I think it’s so funny! Poor thang – now he’ll be recounting this experience for the rest of life – at work, at the club, at the gym, maybe even at church! I feel bad for the person trying to get with this guy in the future because in his mind, NO ONE will be able to live up to Miss-Jackson-If-Ya-Nasty. (via Bossip)

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Horses Wearing Wigs

Posted in Uncategorized, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of Daily Mail

image courtesy of Acacio da Silva

Advertising photographer Julien Wolkenstein thought it would be awesome to shoot subjects just for fun. So, along with stylist Acacio da Silva, they shot some pretty cute photos of horses wearing wigs.

“Each horse took around four hours to groom, with hair extensions being added by Acacio, and then when they were presented in front of the camera’s and lights they would shake their heads, give a neigh and then ruffle up their hair,” said Julian – with a somewhat forced grin.

“To get them just right, with their hair all set and standing to attention was a bit of a battle. But the horses loved the grooming. The lights and camera, well, they were less taken with that.” (via Daily Mail)

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Flashback Friday! (Treat ‘Em Right-Chubb Rock)

Posted in Entertainment, Flashback Fridays!, Music, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

I was about 10 when Chubb Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right” was a hit at many house parties during the early 1990’s. By the way, did anyone watch the preview for the “From G’s to Gent’s” reunion? Host Fonzworth Bentley is trying to bring back the Gumby fade like the main dancer in the video below. Ugh! No!

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The First Albino Supermodel: Diandra Forrest

Posted in Diversity, Fashion, Videos with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
image courtesy of kwesi abbensetts

image courtesy of kwesi abbensetts

I’ve posted previously HERE about the horrible crimes committed against African albinos, but a friend recently brought up a new model who’s making a striking impact in the fashion world.

Her name is Diandra Forrest and she is an African-American albino from the Bronx who was discovered by photographer Shameer Khan as she walked down the streets of Manhattan. She’s currently signed with a major agency and has been featured in various magazines.

I doubt her exposure in fashion will impact the atrocities going on in small villages in Africa, but who knows? Even in industrialized nations, albinos (I hope that is the correct term) are seen as mysterious, evil, or non-human in much of our media and/or entertainment outlets.

I think she’s absolutely fabulous and I hope to see her become a household name. Maybe she’ll be the catalyst to help the world see that people with albinism are just that: people.

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