While covering Fashion Week in Paris, UK fashion mag Grazia, issued a little blurb yesterday entitled: “Louis Vuitton’s ghetto fab mash-up,” where the writer emphatically states:
Uhh, say whaaaat?
For the record, the Afro (a.k.a. Natural), which was popularized in the late 60’s, is much more than a fashion trend. It was a symbol that expressed cultural pride amidst a struggle for liberation. The Afro hardly indicates anything remotely ghetto, rather strength, integrity and even enlightenment – bringing us back to the aforementioned thoughtless statement.
Why is it that almost anything related to Black folks referred to as ghetto?
If the giant Afro wigs reminded the writer of black people, we’re sure he or she could’ve come up with a different analogy – one with a positive or neutral connotation. Hell, even folks who live in the hood knows that the term ‘ghetto’ holds negative meaning. We’re not up in arms, just tired of the dealings of small minds, and completely incapable of turning a blind eye in the face of such actions.
So in conclusion, thumbs down to the thoughtless writer, as well as Grazia, for using such an unfortunate choice of words, and a tired ass cliché to boot.
Make sure you check out our piece on people using the word “Ghetto” – here.