So last month I wrote a snarky letter to the editors of BUST magazine to complain about them putting dumb-ass Gwen Stefani on the cover....and this month they printed it in their "International issue".
Those of you who know me and my crazy-complaint-letterwriting crusades, realise that I just couldn't stop myself from properly scolding my favorite magazine for featuring such a cheeseball.
My original letter:
As you can see, they edited it down, but even so I think the diss is equally as effective. At any rate it made my day. Hell, anyday when I get to diss Gwen Stefani is a good day.
Dear BUST peoples~
I’m an ex-pat living in France and I gladly pay big bucks to have BUST
magazine delivered here because it’s just so good that I can’t live without
it. But I just finished reading the BUST interview with Gwen Stefani
and it absolutely made my skin crawl.
Let's face it; Margaret Cho isn't the only one seeing red over Stefani's use of Japanese girls as cute and stylish human props. I love Tokyo street culture as much as the next gal, but that doesn't give a privileged White American pop-star from Orange County California the right to exploit it and then to tell an Asian woman that she needs to do some "research" before she can recognize blatant exoticism and objectification.
As a fan of No Doubt’s music I've tolerated Gwen's bindis, and then the
chola make-up. I was even supportive when they suddenly went dancehall,
but Stefani should stop believing her own hype, and start listening to her fans
when they tell her she's gone too far. Her little fantasy “art project”
has officially stepped out of bounds.
Frankly it doesn’t surprise me that Gwen just doesn’t quite get it, but
for her to suggest that people of color need to do "research" to prove they’re
being oppressed is down right despicable.
Someone needs to tell Stefani to do some "research" on the definition
of the term: “Cultural Appropriation”, then Holla back with an apology,
because with many of her fans of color, she’s about one geisha away from wearing out her welcome.
Grilled Cheese anyone?