I have long since been an admirer of Hari Kondabolu. I think he is a hilarious comic, but also has a side of his work that is very conscientious and poignant when it comes to social issues.
As a person who stares at skin as a job, I hardly ever think of it in terms of its social implications. But as I watched Hari’s video I was reminded of how unloving products which are “lightening” are. As an Asian myself I have seen their popularity in Eastern culture.
I actually had a former employee who was half Asian, and he would make fun of this a lot. He would talk about loving lightening cream in a terrible fake Asian accent and bow at me. I knew it was his own insecurity that spurred his behavior so never told him that I was offended, but it did hurt my feelings a little. Plus it really made me sad that he felt compelled to make fun of being Asian almost as if it were an apology in some way. Anyway, I like Hari Kondabolu a lot, and I agree with him that we have to stop discriminating against ourselves. And if the issue of skin and what we deem attractive (light skin or dark) is a place to start – I thought I would shed some light on this.
Now this may be a bit somber for a beauty blog (which I hope is usually fun and uplifting), so I decided to post a great bit Hari does on Vitamin Water first. Not only did I get a huge kick out of it because it says something about marketing in the modern age, but it also pokes a bit of fun at this “health-oriented” beverage.