I suppose in theory I ought to find this feature on Japanese youth mimicking the hip-hop influenced sect of black culture somewhat offensive, or if nothing else, painfully patronizing. I don’t. To be honest, it comes across as a little endearing. These folks seem to possess a genuine affinity for a black aesthetic.
Unlike these idiots who are clearly mocking black people. It’s women like them and Kreayshawn that make you almost want to wish a yeast infection on someone. Almost. The karma isn’t worth it. I learned that from Mother Oprah.
Anyway, these Japanese ladies are different. I get the feeling that if they took a field trip to Brooklyn they would find a way to stay permanently. Then they would go off and find the Asian dancer from Soul Train on Facebook in order to get a blueprint on how to find their place in a different world. The proof lies in the comments they deliver with a big cheesy grin in each and every instance.
On colored folk:
“Black people look so great and stylish.”
On Olivia in the “Candy Shop” video:
“She is so cute. She looks like a Barbie.”
A few might take issue with the Barbie doll reference, but it seems to have more of a positive connotation than the term “video hoe.”
On Olivia’s attire in the video:
“When we wear it, it looks vulgar, but not with black people.”
It’s so obvious that these people are not Americans.
On black entertainers:
“When I looked at black artists, I found them very cool.”
One Japanese teen on her own black culture inspired look:
“Girls tell me they think it is cool and they also want to try this look.”
Her look consisted of red freestyle braids, the earrings Mary J. Blige pawned off for happy hour back in her darker days, and a face piercing.
On the looks of all these Japanese hip hop loving kids:
“It is a tribute to black culture and also to their music, fashion and dance.”
On darker skin:
“Really, with a tan you look slimmer. You look healthy and of course great.”
The Japanese teens on the “black culture” inspired store they work at:
“In baby shop their slogan is: Black for life.”
Depending on where you are, it can be hard to even get other black people to pay these sort of compliments to other black people. I did wince a bit when I read the caption, “Hina and her friend are going to have an adventurous black night.” You know, because that sounds stupid as hell. They don’t know any better, though, and that instance of ridiculousness alone isn’t enough to erase what seems to be an appreciation for the impact rap has had on global culture.
To be fair, my leniency on this clip might be sparked by my growing frustrations fueled by my skinfolk shading the hell out of their own via social media. On how black people look, think, and behave. Between that and living out West I’m realizing just how many self-loathing blacks are still out there. Yesterday I tweeted, “Ever read someone’s musings & fight the urge to say, ‘I’m sorry you hate being black?'”
A lot of folks named a certain author I won’t bother mentioning here, but I wasn’t talking about any specific person. There are a lot of people who denigrate their own without even realizing it. An example of such is the use of the popular phrase “black Twitter.” Besides it sounding a lot like self-segregation, more times than not it’s used to denote something negative about black people. That and to convey the following message: “I’m not one of those black people.” There are worse examples, but I’ll stop here before I spontaneously combust and turn into Huey Freeman in the next life.
I’m not completely gullible on these girls and their allure of “black life.” I imagine that if any of these Asian women actually had to endure any of the other troubles that can come with being black they would have their Ministry of Health, Labour & Welfare shut every neighboring tanning salon down. Insert the obligatory everyone wants to be black, but nobody wants to be black reference here.
Even still, their version of black life sounds a lot better than the depictions some actual black people are offering the world.