“The girlfriend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has said sorry after sitting on a chair made to look like a half-naked black woman on Martin Luther King Day. Fashion website Buro 24/7 used the offensive image of Dasha Zhukova to illustrate an unrelated interview about the former model’s new magazine, Garage.The Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Daily Mail, the BBC, The Sun, The Telegraph, The Times and The Telegraph all published similar articles with 'racism's accusing finger pointed outwards at any of their readers who might fail to spot the offending behaviour.
However the picture was posted as America celebrated their national holiday to remember civil rights leader Dr King on Monday.
‘This is incredibly racist,’ Organising for Women’s Liberation tweeted after discovering the pictures.
While Musa Okwonga wrote: ‘The slave chair is the perfect metaphor for how black women are treated by the fashion industry.’
Alex Tunzelmann added: ‘Even in the grim, tasteless world of fashion photography, this revolting racists image published on MLK Day stands out.’
Zhukova… apologised, saying: ‘I utterly abhor racism, and would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by this image’…
Zhukova and Abramovich, who is worth £8.5 billion, have two children Aaron Alexander, four and 10-month-old Leah Lou.”
Femail and Culture sections.
Anyone wondering why?
As The Guardian's Jonathan Hart-Jones wonders in the Culture essay:
"Are you offended by this black woman's abuse? Then why is it OK for white women to be similarly humiliated in a respected pop art icon in the Tate collection?"
Do you get it now? Why is OK for us to be humiliated and abused but not them? Because the racism calumny was only ever intended to do us down, to keep us in our place.
As our accusers overtook and overcame us.
Sniggered at in 1969, causing a commotion for the most part, only in ‘feminist’ circles. Foam-flecked, spittal-drenched fury in the mainstream media of the Western World in 2014. It really isn't hard to spot the difference, now is it?
Anyway, away from all the manufactured outrage, the second ‘sculpture’ would, I am sure, have been sniggered at, privately, by at least as many as sniggered back there in ’69.
What did the papers tell us that might, actually, have been of interest. Well, they all said that the person sitting on the black manneqin was Dasha Zhukova. So, full marks to all for indirectly telling us that, in PC World, an immigrant, who just happens to be the mother of two of the seven children of another immigrant, mega-rich Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, can be racist.
What did the papers not tell us? Well, only one, The Daily Mail, told us that the racist at the heart of the controversy is Jewish (none told us that Roman Abramovich is also a Jew). Which, if the ‘racism’ accusation amounts to anything substantial, would have been nice to know, as the less enlightened might have been clued in to the fact that Jews can also behave in a 'racist' manner towards black people.
As well as Palestinians.
The mainstream might also have told us that the sculptor who sculpted the offending sculpture, Bjarne Melgaard, is homosexual. This could have alerted the ‘unenlightened’ to the fact that another PC-protected species can also behave as thoughtlessly as the rest of us.
Anyway, the Jewishness and the gayness will see the latest example of aren't-straight-white-folks-horrid indignation disappearing quickly from the mainstream, you can be sure of that.
The whole thing was always b***ocks, of course. Allen Jones, who sculpted the 1969 lady, and Bjarne Melgaard did what they did for publicity, and the infamy and loot that would come after.
Jones, an otherwise not very talented chap, nabbed all three. Melgaard, his artistic equal, now has the publicity and the infamy.
The lolly will follow.