“Un-fair Skin” words from Hari Kondabolu

//“Un-fair Skin” words from Hari Kondabolu

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.

2012-06-14T16:31:49-04:00 By |Misc|4 Comments

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  1. Allison December 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting this video Kristen. I think it’s fair to say that this is an issue in more than just the Asian and South Asian communities. I was in Bali 2 years ago and had a lengthy layover in Osaka, Japan. As a woman of colour myself I was really shocked by the number of lightening creams in not only the duty free shops but in Japanese magazines.

    • kristen December 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      True Allison – all cultures need to learn that beauty should be seen as health, not color.

  2. Lindsey January 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I love that you do not subscribe to a narrow definition of beauty on your blog. Keep these great posts coming!

    • kristen January 12, 2011 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Thanks for this link on Elle Canada whitening this Bollywood superstar’s skin on teir cover. http://bit.ly/fL4fVN Very interesting.

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