Fashion

Yes, That’s a Chair She’s Sitting On, Not a Black Woman

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That woman sitting on this “chair” is the Editor-in-Chief of Garage magazine.   The person she is sitting on is not real, but looks that way.  But the image has been buzzing around the Internet this week, making some wonder exactly where the limits should exist on “appreciation” for fashion and trying to do something different.

The image also strikes some as disturbing, since it presents the white woman as being superior, like a queen. The black woman is there to do nothing other than hold her perky behind in place.  Of course, we assume that you’d never buy a chair like this.

Some say that the chair is harmless, and that it wouldn’t strike such a chord with people if it were an image of a white woman. But others are saying that it crosses the line between high fashion and decency.  What do you think?

According to FashionBomb Daily:  “Black woman as objects? Jezebels? These ideas aren’t new. But just as Dr. King fought firehoses and barking dogs four decades ago so that not only black women and black people in general could be seen as human beings, the fight continues in the worlds of art and fashion. Every other day we see black women demeaned, disrespected, and overly sexualized as the ‘other.’ Our image is sacrificed in the service of art.”

 

33 Comments

  1. wahid muhammad

    January 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    One of the dumbest things I have ever seen.

  2. ericaf

    January 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t be mad at the White woman, it’s the black fool who is on her back side that’s the one who has no self respect

    • ShayMARIE!!!

      January 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      It’s not a human you “fool” it’s a fake person, a chair. Did you read?

      • annrowe

        January 25, 2014 at 2:24 am

        That’s what the editor said, so what the image is disrepectful!!!! To African American Women.let the chair be of a white Woman she can sit on.

    • nelly

      January 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

      the chair is not a real person fool. I see you are just like the stupid asses who though this was a good idea

  3. BizG

    January 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Looks like racial slander and slur to me. Class action needed! Why not even the playing field and design a “white” chair simultaneously????

    • Barbara Haskins -Scott

      January 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Th Magazine is late,Queen Inzinga did this thousands of yrs ago,how-ever,th human was on it knees and she sat on th back.If I were disappearing frm the Planet,I would do ALL to keep th MYTH oof superoity alive.It has to b Hard being. A sociopath with a not hidden self hatred projeceted on others.To b without melinin is to be abnormal/spiritually bankrupt.I’m JUS SAYING.

    • annrowe

      January 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

      Thank you I agree

  4. Ann G.

    January 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I believe it is a dummy the woman is sitting on, not a real human being. But some White women will do anything to be seen, regardless as to how it degrades others in the process.

  5. matt

    January 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    We black men put black women down every fucking day and until we stupid fucker come to our senses and become the backbone of our community this shit will continue ….I’m pisses.

    • GEE

      January 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      AMEN…BROTHER

  6. Renee

    January 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Its not real she couldn’t think of any other thing to sit her ass on but a black woman really lets think she could have sat on a tiger lion elephant ur soul mate where is the beauty r humor in that. Whats all the fucking attack on black woman today would it b right to attack Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelo, and other great woman ok like I said before if she was black sitting on a white woman im pretty sure no kind word would be said like oh thats a nice chair I want one hell no.

  7. norman Russell

    January 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I have seen tables created with a HERCULES figure holding up the top
    and it boders on the classical art of ancient Greece and Italy…yet its tasteful.
    this is just another slur against ‘People of Colour’…any race depicted in such a manner would be demeaning and insulting…An objection should be made….In any case it can be obliterated with a match and lighter fuel

  8. Bucktooth

    January 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Well dumb white people here ya go again! Just the same racist..narcissistic..forms of your so-called expression..how much more stupid can you make yourselves look? No pride for yourselves or anybody else! Sad!!

  9. AREALQUEEN

    January 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Wow, this chair is as foolish as it comes…if that’s ART, I’m the next Beyonce….. Yes, there are some black females who are ratchet as hell and will drop their panties for a dime but there are just as many or more caucasian and hispanic rats too…..but what annoys me the most is that society recognizes THAT black female instead of the thousands who are Real Women. The white woman in the picture is irrelevant…..she is exploiting the black female like most Caucasians try to do anyway….it’s not up to THEM to describe and define who we are, that’s our job.

  10. James Roseau--Danbury, CT

    January 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Such images are purposely designed to subliminally perpetuate society’s misguided belief that some people are naturally inferior to others. I assure anyone that no celebrated artists would ever dare to design any piece of art that expresses a sense of inferiority in relation to white females or males.

  11. Sweet Crochet

    January 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    It means just what it looks like. If it were two women of the same color that would be different even if it were different nationalities it still wouldn’t give off the look that it’s giving off. Things have changed from the way they us to be as far as african americans not having the rights that they have now and we are somewhat being given the recognition that we have so long deserved but….. the fact still remains according to some ethnicities we will always be on the bottom, but the truth be told that’s another lie they want us to believe. But seeing that this is not a real person, I would hope no one would allow themselves to even pose for something like this not even for the money. Peace, Love, & Insight <3

    My Thoughts,

  12. Dennis Carl Williams

    January 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    considering our treatment here in america I think that chair is very offensive and hurtful, It would not be so bad if it was not done to our ancestors in real life. Would they sell a bunch of Jewish people in a gas chamber as a couch for German’s to sit on? It’s not because of how we treat ourselves, that’t no excuse for something like that, Past,Present,or future. And to those that use that excuse you I believe is in need of a history lesson, because! THOSE WHO FORGET THE PAST SOON RE-LIVE IT. there is no excuse for that DAMN CHAIR!!!!!!!!!!

  13. cheryll johnson

    January 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    it looks just as bad for the person who is sitting on top as it does for the person made in the image of the chair because it shows that you have to put someone else down in order to put yourself up, so your self esteme must be more destroyed than the person you are trying to destroy.

  14. Harold

    January 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Let’s discuss how our tax dollars are being used. The chair picture means nothing.

  15. ShayMARIE!!!

    January 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I looked up some info on this
    1) yes this chair came in white woman but back in 1969. There was a whole line of “strippers” posed as furniture, tables, coat racks ect…
    2) while the fact that the chair with the Black lady was also made does not upset me (we want “equality” right?) the fact that it was chosen to use for the shoot upsets me. They don’t choose us to walk in their fashion shows or cover their magazines, or to interview or photograph but they chose us to use a seat in a photograph? Yea they are not innocent, they play dumb when comforted.
    3) the image clearly focuses on the seat and the fact that the woman is sitting on it. As a photography student I can tell you that the way the photograph is shot, everything leads your eye to it. The white woman’s clothes, her boring facial expression and the background all ensure that the only interesting thing to look at is the white woman’s lower half (look at her legs) and the seat that it is placed on.
    4) HOWEVER, I think as Blacks we need to focus on other things, bigger issues including our own community. There is still a lot of oppression and self-hate that we have to get passed. Our music and pop culture is more offensive and appalling than this picture. We are making great strides! But there is more to be done!

  16. Luzia Bartolomeu

    January 22, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Puro precoceito. Pessoas são pessoas independentemene da cor da sua pele.Quem fez esta cadeira deve ser muito infeliz com a sua cor. Quem não gosta de chocolate. Sinceramente vão fazer coisas mais uteis como por exemplo remedios para curar o cancer HIV e outras enfermidades.O tamanho da ignorância ve-se nestes actos descriminatórios.

  17. Hiroader2

    January 22, 2014 at 2:45 am

    LOL.., Do those chairs come in caucasian strippers too… Some people are just mad because they didn’t think of the offensive gesture first… They’re jealous because they lack the negative creativity shown in this masterpiece thingy here… (smh lol)… THE CHILDISH THING TO DO IS REPLICATE THE SENTIMENT WITH BACK-N-FORTHNESS… But the next time like the Travon case.., Big mouths start proclaiming “sisterhood & motherhood ” remember the little fair-haired maiden juror who came out seeking wealth & fame, with conscious of community come togetherness, motherhood, etc… THAT’S THE WOMAN SITTING IN THIS PICTURE… THIS IS HER CLAIM TO FAME.. (lol)… btw keep peripheral note of those who seek fun & minimize the offensiveness… dey funny yo!..

  18. nico

    January 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    this is just sad…. we as black women are not taken seriously…… We have to stand up for us.

  19. Ms. Dez

    January 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I agree with the person who said, make a chair with a white woman just like that. That chair definitely is making a statement. It says that Black women are inferior and not to be respected. She could have just as easily made a white woman chair and sat her narrow ass on that!

  20. Ja La

    January 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Very thought provoking comments. Consider this, what if it were Rover,
    would the animal rights activist be all over this?

  21. godfather05

    January 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    They can take that magazine and stick it you know where.

  22. Jose cole

    June 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Who ever come up with this how would you like it if some one comes up with a commode in the likes of there mother

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