• Tue, Jan 24 2012

French Elle Writer Says Incredibly Racist Things About Black People

French Elle writer Nathalie Dolivo is so happy about black people! She’s thrilled that they’ve finally learned to dress well! Yes, after generations mired in baggy pants and rap music and such, they finally have Barack and Michelle Obama to look to. Thanks, Obamas! You’re stylish black people and now other black people can be stylish, too.

See how racist that was? We’re paraphrasing, but it’s not far off from what Dolivo actually said:

In this America led for the first time a black president, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged to its codes [of] streetwear … But if in 2012 the “black-geoisie” has integrated all the white codes, it does not [do so] literally. [There] is always a classic twist, with a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a ‘créole de rappeur’) that recalls the roots.

So, thanks to the Obamas, black people can dress like white people, with an “ethnic” spin. Like a turban!

That excerpt is from a post written by Dolivo for French Elle called (wait for it) “Black Fashion Power,” which manages to cram an insulting misappropriation into even just the title! There are some amazingly stupid thoughts on display in Dolivo’s post (why did we need to coin the term black-geosie?) but perhaps the most insulting is the suggestion that black people need to be taught by example. That before the Obamas, they were just toiling in their streetwear, waiting to be led. [tagbox tag="racism"]

One French Elle commenter (via NYMag) distilled the insult of Dolivo’s nonsense beautifully:

“How, in 2012, in a France where there are at least three million blacks and mixed people, can you write such nonsense? You are too kind when you write that in 2012 we have incorporated the white codes … what do you think, in 2011, we dressed in hay and burlap bags?”

We’re hoping sometimes things get lost in translation, but–as was the case with that Rihanna “nigga bitch” debacle a month ago–we’re betting this has more to do with racism, which isn’t uncommon in the fashion industry. Anyway, we’ll let you know when Dolivo issues her apology (/announces her resignation?). Expect phrases like “deeply regret” or “never intended to hurt.”

(NYMag, Styleite)

 

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  • Alexandra

    Some French people are so far up their own asses they can’t accept others as being equal or better than them at anything. This is so primitive.

    • Patricia

      Pot calling the kettle dirty bottom? Racism isn’t specific to French people.

      Cannot believe this got published and the person who wrote this didn’t get fired. What the hell?

    • NR

      You seriously can’t see the irony of that statement?

      It’s funny how barely mentioning blacks immediately gets you lynched by the politically correct groupthink, but routinely insulting French people is perfectly acceptable and encouraged.

  • MM

    …what the FUCK? I can’t believe this got published.

  • nanou

    Now you all can see my country, “France Pays des droits de l’homme” (country of human rights). People need to know, please share.

    • NR

      I’m sure you’re free to leave.

  • Cain Marko

    Always a piece of trash writing dumb shit as usual..garbage is garbage no matter what the color is..

  • GeorgeTrent

    Of course,white people expressing their opinions about black people,they must be”racists”

    Black people expressing their opinions about white people is no problemo,in fact,it is encourged by the so-called “anti-racists”.

    Non-white countries do not have anti-non-white politicians,media,and academics.

    Non-white countries do NOT have mass immigration+”assimilation”=GENOCIDE forced on them by their elite.

    It is obvious that “Anti-racist” is just a code word for anti-white.

    • Audrey

      I don’t think anyone need read anything else posted by you to understand completely how you feel about race.

  • Fii

    I’m not quite sure why in 2012, people still insist on hanging on to ignorant stereotypes of black people and won’t just allow us to be people, like anyone else. Every other day I read another article about some person trying to direct black people onto some virtuous path. Please don’t act like there are not trailer trash whites, ghetto Asians and hood whatever the else; exactly why is there this spotlight on blacks supposedly needing to be taught how to be human beings. That’s what makes it racist. The writer mentioned something about Turbans, which are not even apart of any black culture, unless perhaps the person is Muslim. But no one is insinuating that Middle Eastern people need to be taught by whites how to dress. Today’s society is so insistent on portraying the negative about black people when there are millions of us, all over the world striving to have the best in life, just like anyone else. Outside of what is portrayed on television and magazines, some of the most fashionable people I know are black. And just because Obama is dressed in a suit and tie does not make him better or more fashionable than any other person of black heritage. In fact, it is well known that French youth regularly emulate the so-called black culture of style and dress. I say sarcastically, what could be so wrong about it if white people want to do it as well?

  • Yellowknife

    Speaking of lack of elegance, who translated that article into English? The butchered, childlike word-for-word translation gave me a migraine.