“Black Moses Barbie”: Crass or Clever?

March 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This mock commercial for a Black Moses Barbie toy is the 2nd in a series of 3 celebrating the legacy of Harriet Tubman. It is part of Pierre Bennu’s larger series of paintings and films deconstructing and re-envisioning images of people of color in commercial & pop culture.

Personally, I can appreciate the subversive use of the black Barbie characters; however I’ve seen comments on other blogs that dismissed the whole piece outright as disrespectful (and a lot of other language I won’t use here…).  What say you: crass or clever?

Valerie Linson
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Series Producer – Basic Black

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