Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Trouble With "Black-Person Hair"? Brad Has the Antidote

The most recent publication of Esquire magazine features Brad Pitt's Sketchbook. In it, he has a list called (My List) Fifteen Things I Think Everyone Should Know. "Thing" Number 3 is in boldface below:

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For white people who might be having a little trouble with black-person hair, Carol's Daughter is a fantastic hair product. We got it for Z. Now her hair has this beautiful luster. And it smells nice, too.

Thoughts?

5 comments:

Brother Smartness said...

It's not rocket science when it comes to our hair. If you want my advice, natural fruit juices and berries are the way to go to get a beautiful smell and luster to those buckshots.

Oddly enough, my initial reaction was that this statement was harmless. Upon further examination, however, I find it increasingly difficult to concede that the beginning of this statement is "not that bad".

This ("not that bad") seems to be the phrasing that some of my friends have chosen to use in defense of Brad.

I'm torn between whether the term "black-person hair" is straight ignorance or just plain stupidity.

Did Brad's PR personnel look at this Sketchbook and say, "yeah, I think your use of "black-person hair" will go over well with your fans."?

Brother Spotless said...

"For white people who might be having a little trouble with black-person hair..."

Am I missing something? Does Brother Pitt have a child with black hair??

Anonymous said...

I honestly don't think there is a problem with "black people hair." We are different. I find it quite a relief to have my kinky pillow when I lie down at night. My hair can be curly, straight, and I can manage a fro with a pic and a wish. The problem is that some people want to make "black people hair" like "not black people hair." We are different. our hair will never look like their hair. I suggest Mr. Pitt spend some time teaching that por child to love what she's made of, and not what she will never become.

qwerty said...

"Am I missing something? Does Brother Pitt have a child with black hair??"

Angelina Jolie adopted a little girl from Ethiopia before the two had their daughter.

"It's not rocket science when it comes to our hair."

Tell that to all the black women who "can't do nothin' with that nappy stuff" or cause the child's "tenderheaded" and resort to perms.

You're taking for granted the fact that you're (1)a male with (2)"black-person hair."

Men are not expected to do anything with their hair, except to keep it short. My brother used to use soap to wash his hair. And conditioner? Pfft! When I wore my hair short I could get away with that when times got desperate. For me to do that now?

There are women in their thirties just now getting to know how to style and manage the hair they were born with and white women with "mixed" children who need help with their hair at www.nappturality.com or www.naturallycurly.com

It may not be rocket science but you'll be surprised at how little people know about taking care of it when it's not
1. permed/straight
2. short
3. braided
4. weaved

Anonymous said...

I'm torn between whether the term "black-person hair" is straight ignorance or just plain stupidity.

So what would you recommend he call it? African-American locks? How about "nappy kitchen on the neck"?

It IS black-person hair. There was nothing derogatory about saying that. He didn't call it by the N-word, nor any other veiled insult, in my opinion