Black people, we’ve got to do better, you know? Now, I was trolling around my Goo.gle reader and I came across a bit of drama going down with commercial hair care company Mixed Chicks. Read the details here. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, Mixed Chicks joined in some stupid Twitter back and forth with this comment:
Lord have His mercy. I’m saying, the product is already called Mixed Chicks, are you know saying that I’m too dang black and nappy-headed to use them?
Now, I don’t use Mixed Chicks products for any particular reason beside my friend gave me a very poor review of their products. I’m not really biased… although I never could understand why they would divide themselves by naming the product what they did. Whatever. My mom recently purchased some Mixed Chicks products and is enjoying them. My mom is not mixed, nor is she on #teamlightskin, but she’s got some curly hair. An anomaly according to this tweet.
By the way, Twitter is evil. Any company, celebrity or singer who has a Twitter account ends up saying something stupid and gets themselves in trouble. It seems like these people are unable to conduct themselves with common sense on Twitter.
I really don’t understand why we, as Black people, have to rely on colour for worth or beauty. I cannot understand why business people, who want me – and all women of colour with curly, kinky (well, not kinky, ‘cause they want light-skinned chicks with curls using their products, obviously) to buy their products. They are in business to make money, not to alienate potential customers who may or may not be light-skinned with curly hair.
Whoever wrote tweeted the ignorant comment didn’t realize that it would be offensive to people who were on #teamwhatdoesmyskincolourhavetodowithmyhairtexture?
I say, “boo!” to Mixed Chicks and I won’t be buying their products. Not because I’m not light-skinned, but because I don’t see what sense it makes to spend oodles of money to support a company that doesn’t respect the people who buy its products.