Guest Contributor Intern Jasmine of This Is Jasmine digs through the DISGRASIAN mailbag and offers some words of wisdom.
DISGRASIAN™ reader Irene wrote:
Hi Gals, love your site! But am I the only one who is a little offended by the new Hong Kong collection that OPI nail polish has put out? Names of the colors are: Hot & Spicy, A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find, Bling Dynasty, Chop-Sticking to My Story, Jade is the New Black, Red My Fortune Cookie, Pearl of Wisdom, Panda-monium Pink, Lucky Lucky Lavender, Dim Sum Plum, Meet Me on Star Ferry and Suzi Says Feng Shui.
Uhh so when is the color lavender considered lucky and what does the color pink have to do with pandas? I know it’s all marketing, but it doesn’t seem like they had any Asians on their team to help them out with any of these names. Thanks for listening, end rant!
Intern Jasmine says:
The colors in the Hong Kong collection (seen here) look cute enough but you’re right, those names are awful. Not so much because they’re offensive, but because they sound more like the names of bad porno movies. “A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find”? “Hot & Spicy”? Is this collection a collaboration between OPI and Skinemax?
Speaking for myself (and probably for Jen and Diana, who have let me answer this particular query – thanks!), I’m not offended. Not really, anyway. I like OPI. Their polishes are cheap, colorful, and widely available. I don’t think they’re guilty of racial offense so much as writing really awful puns.
OPI’s been doing this for years. Colors like “ElePhantastic Pink” and “Moon Over Mumbai” from their India Collection made me groan while the color themselves were delightful and looked AMAZING on my medium olive skin. Their Japanese and Far East collections offered more of the same: great shades, awful names. Colors like “Miso Happy with This Color” and “Beige-Jing” make me want to do a big old facegong — like a facepalm only with a gong — and yet I waso happy with this color.
Waitaminute, we’re talking about a company that creates colors like ‘Legs Celebrate’ and ‘Talk Of The Town Brown!” The names are all inherently stupid, but this shit looks good on us, so fuck it!
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