1) I see cultural appropriation event #25 for Beyonce.
2) I see Beyoncé appearing very nearly white in some shots...again.
3) I see Indian children break dancing like black kids.
4) I see Cold Play with another light-skinned black woman made even more acceptable by being otherized via Asian culture put on like a costume. The black woman in their video can be anything but a straight-up black woman.In my opinion there's some cultural appropriation, cultural appreciation and cultural sharing (maybe) some exotic fetishizing of light-skinned black woman with a Asian twist. More importantly though, I think there's some colorblind race theory here too. But let's stop looking at Beyonce. It is Cold Play that has the pattern to worry about here.
|COLD PLAY COVERED IN COLORS|
AND GUEST SINGERS BEYONCE AND RHIANNA
In 2016, we need to look at the message maker NOT the deliverer.
COLORBLIND RACE THEORY
Changing how Beyonce' presents herself in this video is the key to fixing it. If she had been a straight-up black woman learning from a woman that's from the area, dressed in traditional clothing, and that woman was either showing Beyonce different things about her culture or teaching Beyonce a dance etc, that would have fit into the "cultural sharing" and "cultural appreciation" zone for 75% of people that are conscious and respectful of other cultures.
If they could have gotten a real Bollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra of the television show "Quantico" to perform in the video along with Beyonce, as described above, That could have been a kind of advertisement of/support for the television series, which has Priyanka as a lead actress and another black actress, Aunjanue Ellis as a supporting actress.
This music video could have been win, win, win and win for Coldplay, Beyonce, Priyanka's Quantico, and reaching and teaching on cultural appropriation.
And oh yeah, I would keep the little Indian kids break dancing like little black kids. They were way cute.