Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Burning Questions from The Meltingpot


Hi Meltingpot Readers,

It's the middle of the week and already my mind is swirling with questions. Got answers? Please share.

1. Is it just me or do other people think adult adoptions are kind of a good idea? I mean if you don't have parents and you find a nice older couple who doesn't have children but likes you a heck of a lot, why not legally form a family? Apparently this is a trend that's finding traction in the United States. Here's a recent story about Adult Adoptions. What do you think? Is there a need to legalize such arrangements? Do you see any obvious pitfalls to the process?

2. So my next question is; how do you say Black hair politics in German? My friend, author and journalist Rose-Anne Clermont over at Currents Between Shores has gotten herself embroiled in a messy minefield of Black hair (and ashy skin) politics. Apparently there is some disagreement amongst her readers about what uncombed Black hair means in Germany. The whole conversation started with Clermont's post about seeing mixed Afro-German kids with hair that was a hot mess (my words not hers.) Please check out the conversation and see if you have anything to add.

3. Okay. So my final question is a simple one. Well, maybe not so simple. Has anyone else been following the um, er, recent scandal involving supermodel, Naomi Campbell and the Cadbury chocolate company? Well, for those of you who might not have been tuned in, Ms. Campbell was threatening to sue the candy company because she believed they had used her name in a racist way to sell their new chocolate bar. The ad read, "Move over Naomi Campbell, there's a new diva in town," and showed a picture of a chocolate bar sitting on a pile of diamonds. You can read the story on the Huffington Post and see a picture of the advert. After Campbell's complaint, the company pulled the ad and issued an apology, but Campbell still chastised them claiming they had insulted Black people the world over for comparing us/them to chocolate. Now here's my question. Did she go too far? I'm having a hard time mustering up my indignity over this one. I mean, she has every right to not want her name on candy bar ad, but she was calling on Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to take up the fight. So, tell me, Meltingpot readers, was there really a fight to be had here? I'm totally listening.

Thanks for reading and helping me find the answers to my most pressing questions.

4 comments:

Ernessa T. Carter said...

I think adult adoptions are a FANTASTIC idea!

As for the Naomi contro, I really don't think Cadbury meant any (racial) offense. When I think of English divas, pretty much the first person black or white that comes to mind is Naomi. I mean she did get sued (not once but) twice for throwing a phone at some poor body. From what I can tell she's a talented but horrible human being, and I can't quite think of any one else in England who exemplifies diva behavior whose named would be recognized the world over. Now if Cadbury were an American company, they'd have plenty to choose from! :)

LT said...

Ernessa,
Glad you agree about adult adoptions. And I think you're right on about the chocolate thing. FYI, when I lived in Spain, some guy called me chocolate and I though it was kind of cute, until I found out chocolate was the street word for marijuana. Then I felt cheap and tawdry.

Anebbs said...

Hi Lori, I obviously just read your post and noticed the advert n brief commentary on the cadbury advert. I recently did a blog post about the whole subject with a little introspective; it would be a pleasure if you would peep over at my blog (underabluesun.blogspot) and provide a response and maybe view the rest my blog; I'm an aspiring journalist, now entering senior year in highschool, and I need all the commentary that I can get. Thank you, especially for your abundance of fabulous post!

LT said...

Anebbs,
Thanks for visiting the Meltingpot. I will def. check out your site.