Why can’t black girls be cute?Posted: August 17, 2011
First Taylor Swift.
Then Selena Gomez.
Now Anne Hathaway
Notice a trend here? Cute, nubile, white* female celebrities mimic tough, ‘ghetto’ rappers. And it’s soooo cute. It’s adorbs, because they’re like so the opposite of that culture, you know?
Aaargh. It’s so annoying and not just because Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift suck at it. (Selena’s actually pretty impressive, but still.) Their ‘rapping’ reminds me of posts like this and– to a certain extent– this.
I know plenty of cute black girls in real life. They exist. They really do. They give off that affable, friendly, adorable vibe that I’ve always secretly wanted and have to admit I don’t have.
But in our media, only white girls can get away with the bashful smiles and the quirky antics. Asian women can play the cute card, but there’s a usually a creepy, race-tinged sexual fetish attached to theirs.
And it’s not even like I like cute. I actually really don’t. I’m automatically suspicious of girls that smile too much, bat their eyelashes excessively and talk like babies. One of the easiest ways to irritate the hell out of me is to start talking like a baby. YOU’RE A GROWN WOMAN, I always want to scream. But perhaps the reason why I’m so adverse to acting ‘cute’ is because I know most black women aren’t allowed to. No one buys it. In the pop culture landscape we live in, black women are lascivious, asexual, loud, potty-mouthed, angry, sassy, proud, bitter, strong, but never cute. It’s a damn shame.
Clearly we need more Janelle Monae.
*UPDATE: With the exception of one Selena Gomez, who is of Hispanic descent. In the same way Cameron Diaz is of Hispanic descent. But it does count.