I Just Went On An “Orientalist” Twitter Rant

by Sharon H Chang

After researching European colonialism intensely the last month for my second book and thinking deeply about systemic racism as a colonial project–I had the crap experience of watching Iggy Azelia’s new music vid “Mo Bounce” the other day, sequel to her blatantly orientalist “Bounce” of 2012. If you haven’t seen the new vid I don’t recommend it. But you’ll probably watch it anyway for the same reason I did. It’s the kind of plasticized, botoxed stuff a la the Kardashians and Real Housewives that we tell ourselves is a train wreck but watch anyway cause it’s so sickly fascinating we can’t help it (plus, white supremacy)–and then it makes a ton of money off our consumption. Sigh.

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