Racism? Much Ado About Nothing.

This is the original Allen Jones chair on which Dasha Zhukova sat for the photoshoot.  The copy on which she sat shows a black mannequin but that is what I would call artistic liberty,

Allen Jones, Chair 1969I personally would not buy it or sit on it as I think that it is in poor taste and I doubt very much that it will be comfortable for me.

But to call it racist just because the colour of the back rest, seat and parts of the bottom is black, I think is absurd.  It will be equivalent to calling me racist for wearing a pair of black shoes instead of say brown. Or, perversely, sitting on exactlty the same chair with white as the predominant colour with the mannequin being white.

Being politically correct is getting to be absurd.

 

36 thoughts on “Racism? Much Ado About Nothing.”

  1. Couldn’t agree more, Ramana. On all counts. Not least because those stiletto heels would dig into my head.

    Yes, political correctness has gone mad. I know it sounds ridiculous but I sometimes ask whether it’s ok to say … You name it. Anything. To think I lost a friend over one word which was apparently inappropriate (I said ‘preference’ rather than ‘orientation’ – what the hell do I know about these matters?). I remember my father coming home giving me what was then called a ‘golliwog’. I loved my golliwog (despite the fact that it was a blow up plastic number). It was black and its eyes were hugely white in contrast. Do I ever mention golliwog unless I am among friends who, with a bit of luck, have no idea what I am talking about? Of course not. I keep my mouth shut. I don’t even know any longer what to call anyone unless they are white. In which case it’s ok to say ‘a white person’. Hallelujah.

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  2. Well, I would say someone sitting on a chair made of a doubled-up black woman seems pretty racist to me, but does it seem racist to black people? Maybe not, I’m open to all points of view! I think the original version was also criticised for being sexist, but again I’m open to persuasion otherwise. Is it just a clever work of art?
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    1. Interesting point you are making, Agent. Yet, I wouldn’t call the ‘art’ work misogynistic or sexist as you do. Or ‘outrageously offensive’. I dare say, and stone me for it, the only reason women are made into objects of desire because, as any man will agree with, they are more attractive. And men are visual. Glove in hand.

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        1. I just showed this to my son, who is 17 and solidly heterosexual. He said that since it is art, he thinks the point is to make you a little disgusted so that you think about the societal implications of treating women like that. Definitely, as WWW points out, pronunciation of women – it is meant to demean omen not admire them. WOuld you be okay if the woman in the art was your wife?
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  3. I’m with SAW on this one, Ramana, when I saw it on FB I was horrified, the pornification of women, yet again. Think a man or child in this position and how appalling it would be.
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    1. WWW, certain facts we just have to accept as part of human nature. As unpalatable as they may be.

      There is a danger (you call it ‘pornification’) of making women into victims and men into predators. I don’t think it fair (to men).

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      1. Ursula:
        I have a lot of difficulty with the fact women have to be perceived as always perceived as “f*ckable”. And to be made into a chair in a pornographic position (does she look comfortable) just adds to my outrage.
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  4. Ramana, I have to totally disagree with you on this one. Think about it from a black American point of view. On the birthday and holiday for Martin Luther King Jr a picture shows up of a rich white woman sitting on a chair with a black woman in bondage. Of course we saw it as racist, and you’ll notice how quickly the company pulled the image. This is the kind of thing that will keep the races in this country at each other’s throats for, well, probably forever because the majority could care less and others don’t get it either. And probably being the only black American male who’ll respond to this, I expect I’ll be the only one who sees is as the race issue it is, even if it’s also a mysogynistic statement against women.
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