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One year I vacationed in Mexico and spent the entire time in the water, body surfing and boogie boarding. My skin got really dark, which I don’t care about one way or another, though I am afraid of sun damage and skin cancer, in that order. I made one mistake that trip though, and it wasn’t forgetting sunscreen (always, always remember sunscreen). My mistake was going to see my grandmother right after. The first thing she said, once she got over the shock, was “How did you get so dark?!” For the rest of the visit, she introduced me to her friends as “My Granddaughter-Who’s-Normally-Not-This-Dark.”
Light skin is still prized in Asia for a number of reasons that have to do with longstanding notions of race, class, and gender. Good thing then, that there’s a booming market for skin whitening creams, many of them manufactured by Western companies! And good thing the companies who make these creams also make commercials, because quite a few of them–beyond their creepy, disturbing premise–are kinda hilarious.
1. Skin Whitening For Young Girls
There’s this commercial for SkinWhite Teens, produced by Filipino company Splash Corporation, a skin whitening product designed specifically for young girls:
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Many of you were probably pleased to see that Hillary Clinton bucked tradition and made Asia her first overseas trip as Secretary of State.
Speaking at the New York-based Asia Society last week, Clinton said the Obama administration wants to “develop a broader and deeper” relationship with Asia, a region that has felt overlooked by the United States despite its growing global importance.
Talk about reprzentasian! We’re glad to see that this administration doesn’t have their head up their collective asses, and realizes that Asia is currently world’s top contender–if they’re taking over everything, we better be on the inside (or at least real close) when it happens.
Moreover, we’re just pleased as punched to see yet another sign that weird phrases/words like “rational thought” and “common sense” and “diplomacy” might actually getting utilized again in Washington. We are psyched! And Hills…
… seems… thrilled…about it all, um, too.
The CW Network is currently aiding the planet in what is quite possibly the most imperative search ever to rest its hopes in the hungrily awaiting arms of reality television… that for the next Pussycat Doll.
Of course I’ve asked myself, does the world really need one more Pussycat Doll? I’m still having trouble identifying them in any other way than “that lead one” and “those other ones.”
I mean, I am a teensy bit fascinated by “that lead one”–a vixen (who, like the others, can’t really sing but has an incredible looking rump) named Nicole Scherzinger, who has undergone so many stage name makeovers that not even her pinky seems to be half-Filipino anymore.
Anyway, if you’ve watched The Search for the Next Doll at all, you may have noticed that there is a talented, attractive 18-year old African-American Knick City Dancer from New York.
Let’s discuss this a bit. I’ve known a Jordan, a Chad, and God Bless any woman named Tennessee. But it’s sketchy territory taking on the name of a location– a state, a country perhaps. But Asia? Really?
You, ASIA, don’t actually rock and you are but a contestant for a soft-core-porn-homage pop group. Unfortunately, you don’t yet carry the massive weight required to wield the autograph of fifty-two countries (roughly 4 billion people). Don’tcha wish you were a little more like Name-Changy-Nicole? Then how ’bout a new stage moniker… I’ll even make the first suggestion: BADOW SASSAFRASS.