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Is Seal And Heidi Klum’s “White Trash”-Themed Vow Renewal Ceremony Racist?
The Guana Bee ^ | 11 May 2009, 10:30 AM | Alex Alvarez

Posted on 05/11/2009 12:55:10 PM PDT by lewisglad

Vow-renewal ceremonies are always inherently offensive, but Seal and Heidi Klum really took the (Hostess, cream-filled) cake when they decided to give their ceremony a “white trash” theme. Which begs the questions: Is the concept of white trash offensive? Is it mostly or only offensive when implemented by a German model and a British black man wearing a mullet and American flag jacket?

Here’s the thing with Heidi Klum: She’s never been one to tread carefully when it comes to issues of race, either because she’s German and doesn’t understand America’s brand of political correctness, or because she’s kind of dumb and incredibly self-centered. (We’ll venture to guess it’s a combination.)

For example, we had never really thought much of Heidi and Seal’s relationship, despite their best events to prove to a mostly uncaring public how in looooove they are with one another, until we discovered that she got a tattoo on her forearm made in the “same color as Seal’s skin.” Then there was the time she dressed up as the Hindu goddess Kali for Halloween, wearing someone’s faith as a garish and attention-grabbing scary costume. And now this.

We can’t help but feel that anytime someone pokes fun at a culture - especially one to which they don’t belong - they had better be careful in expressing why they chose to do so and what they hope people will take away from it. We think this also holds true for subcultures that are defined by race or nation. We can’t help but feel that if Heidi and Seal had decided to throw a “Chola” or “AZN” or “Gangsta”-themed party, the outcry would be greater, as was the case when mostly Anglo Tulane students threw a party based on Mexican stereotypes. And while we’ve been known to poke fun at the stereotypes associated with white trash culture or the fashions worn by chongas, we like to feel that being from Florida and being directly related to people whose houses have wheels and whose trucks do not (Thanks, Jeff Foxworthy) and having been something of a chonga ourself mean that our jokes come from a fondness for these cultures. Because, here’s the thing: We don’t think we’re above white people who are poor and speak with a drawl, and we don’t think we’re above girls who wear hoop earrings and think acrylic nails are pretty. We don’t think we’re above people because they choose to wear a certain style of clothing, or because they come from a certain part of a country.

We kind of get the feeling that Heidi and Seal, being kazillionaires who are not American, think they are somehow hilariously above this inherently American subculture. And, you know, t isn’t even the fact that a black man is making fun of a white subculture (Because, seriously, go ahead) or even so much that two Europeans are making fun of Americans that bothers us about this, really. It’s the fact that two extraordinarily wealthy people think it cute or amusing to make fun of a segment of the population defined by their poverty. That, to us, is tackier than any lawn ornament or regional hairstyle.

But maybe that’s just us.

What do you guys think of Heidi and Seal’s decision to throw a white trash vow renewal party?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: doublestandard; hollyweird; thatsracist; trashisastrashdoes; whitetrash

1 posted on 05/11/2009 12:55:10 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

The joke, of course, is those two, looking like they do, calling anyone else “trash.” Obviously not an ounce of irony between them.


2 posted on 05/11/2009 12:57:32 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: lewisglad

Seal in a mullet? Now THAT would be something to see...


3 posted on 05/11/2009 12:57:36 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: lewisglad

I thought James Brown died a few years ago.

Bo Derek is still looking good.


4 posted on 05/11/2009 12:58:31 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: lewisglad
"For example, we had never really thought much of Heidi and Seal’s relationship, despite their best events to prove to a mostly uncaring public how in looooove they are with one another, until we discovered that she got a tattoo on her forearm made in the “same color as Seal’s skin.” Then there was the time she dressed up as the Hindu goddess Kali for Halloween, wearing someone’s faith as a garish and attention-grabbing scary costume. And now this." Oh god, this reminds me of the time I dated this megalib that couldn't get over the fact that I was black. She liked me BECAUSE I was black, not because I was me. She turned out to be a fruitcake after the relationship didn't go well. Luckily, I'm dating a conservative who loves me because I'm me, not just because I happen to be black.
5 posted on 05/11/2009 12:58:31 PM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: lainie; PennsylvaniaMom; Extremely Extreme Extremist; Tax-chick; TexasCajun; sarasota; ...
entertainment/culture war ping list
6 posted on 05/11/2009 12:58:32 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Hey, I’ve made fun of the mulletheads that infest NE Philly. You can’t do anything about being black. But you sure as heck can excercise better judgement than to wear a mullet.


7 posted on 05/11/2009 1:01:42 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: lewisglad
Of course it is offensive - Who, of God's creations, are trash?

I guess there is an underclass of whites that are trash - Implying, I suppose, something else about people of color.

8 posted on 05/11/2009 1:03:22 PM PDT by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: lewisglad

He’s one fugly dude.

She looks like someone else ...... can’t put my finger on it.


9 posted on 05/11/2009 1:03:43 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama has raised gas prices 40%. Thank you Obamanation!)
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To: lewisglad

who gives a flip about this? really.


10 posted on 05/11/2009 1:04:22 PM PDT by hoe_cake (A proud member of the Society of the Descendents of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

What does Seal have against the Packers?


11 posted on 05/11/2009 1:04:39 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: TypeZoNegative

I think I dated her, too. Rich, Greenich, Connecticut? Name of, Priscilla?

Except then she wanted a man from the Hebrew Tribe to upset daddy.

Someone should do a study on which is more offensive to New England liberal establishment: black college boyfriend or Jewish college boyfriend?

Mama probably did the lesbian thing (until graduation), or that would be part of the study.


12 posted on 05/11/2009 1:04:43 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: dirtboy

Seals? Mullets?

Scotland!

The river bed is home to marine worms, bivalves and larvae. These are fed on by fish, flounders, mullet and eels, which in turn are eaten by cormorant, herons and seals.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/Environment/TidalWeir/tidalweirwildlife.htm


13 posted on 05/11/2009 1:05:05 PM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: lewisglad

I still say I didn’t realize the depths that Dog the Bounty Hunter would take to redeem himself from his “N-word” tyrade. Turning black? Wow, that’s dedication and apology taken to a whole new level!


14 posted on 05/11/2009 1:10:00 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: lewisglad

I think it’s less ‘racist’ than it is stupid. And might show that these two have some entitlement (guilt?) issues. On the other hand, if Seal wants to, as a black man, poke fun at political correctness, I’m all for that. It would be even better if he wore a sash that said “I’m an African-Briton.”


15 posted on 05/11/2009 1:10:11 PM PDT by lainie (The US congress is full to the brim of absolutely disgusting thieves who deserve humiliating ouster.)
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To: lewisglad

I just get sooo choked up at second weddings. (sarc)


16 posted on 05/11/2009 1:10:35 PM PDT by duckman (Jesus I trust in You. Mary take over)
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To: Damifino
Who, of God's creations, are trash?

I've known a few, including some of my relatives over in the shallow end of the gene pool.

17 posted on 05/11/2009 1:10:48 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: TypeZoNegative

Well Zo, I love ya and your rants no matter what color you are.

Autumnraine, your Freeper stalker
;o)


18 posted on 05/11/2009 1:10:59 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: autumnraine

lol!


19 posted on 05/11/2009 1:11:22 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: MeanWestTexan

There are lots of them out there. Ever see Soul Man?


20 posted on 05/11/2009 1:11:47 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: duckman

It’s 5th wedding. They renew their vows every year.

If you ask me, it’s a way for dipwad Heidi to feel all ‘bridelike’ once a year. Otherwise known as Narcissist Personality Disorder.


21 posted on 05/11/2009 1:15:37 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson)
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To: lewisglad

BFD.

Hope they had fun.
She’s mega hot, if you hadn’t noticed.


22 posted on 05/11/2009 1:16:31 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: autumnraine

omg, this is the 5th time!


23 posted on 05/11/2009 1:17:29 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

I don’t care at all about these two people, but I do wonder why vow renewal ceremonies are “inherently offensive”?


24 posted on 05/11/2009 1:18:04 PM PDT by Dianna (Obama Barbie: Governing is hard.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

“She’s mega hot, if you hadn’t noticed.”
On the other hand, he is one FUGLY fellow.


25 posted on 05/11/2009 1:18:49 PM PDT by duckman (Jesus I trust in You. Mary take over)
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To: duckman
On the other hand, he is one FUGLY fellow.

With Heidi with him, I doubt he cares about what others think of him.

26 posted on 05/11/2009 1:20:23 PM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: lewisglad; All

I always felt the whole concept of white trash attributed undesirable characteristics on nonwhites by default. So that’s where it is racist - but not versus whites.


27 posted on 05/11/2009 1:21:38 PM PDT by AbeKrieger (If global warming didn't exist, Al Gore would have had to invent it.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Re: “She’s mega hot, if you hadn’t noticed.”

**********

She’s a mega narcissist...ever listen to her actually talk???


28 posted on 05/11/2009 1:24:35 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: CaliforniaCon

Listen to her talk?

I ain’t queer, buddy ;)


29 posted on 05/11/2009 1:26:15 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: duckman

OK.

You’re focusing on the WRONG ONE.

Just sayin’ ;)


30 posted on 05/11/2009 1:26:57 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Dianna

I thin the writer was just being snarky


31 posted on 05/11/2009 1:29:14 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: autumnraine

< spacey valley-girl-type voice > “I don’t think there really is a red or white - it’s all just shades of pink...”


32 posted on 05/11/2009 1:33:37 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: lewisglad

I think it’s hilarious, actually. Point is taken, however, that in the same coffin that the word ‘nigger’ was interred, a mass grave would have been more appropriate:

‘White bitch’
‘Kike’
‘Hymie’ (as in ‘hymie-town’)
‘Wetback/spic’
‘Cracker’
‘Redneck’

There are others, but Jamie Foxx is still drawing a paycheck when Don Imus can’t. Wanda Sykes got attaboys, and Trent Lott lost his job.

Show me a bigot, I’ll show you a statist. It’s the only way they can hold power - either play the races off one another, or play the classes. Either one works.


33 posted on 05/11/2009 1:55:41 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: lewisglad

Oh. My. Word. Where are the anti-smoking police??? Is that ciggy lite? Isn’t Heidi preggers??? Smoking whilst preggers is worse than...well, waterboarding in our culture.

And...remember, if you are fortyish...your own mom may have smoked while carrying YOU!!!


34 posted on 05/11/2009 7:17:10 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (M. Thatcher, "The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: lewisglad

"If you smoke at your wedding..you might be a redneck."

35 posted on 05/11/2009 7:18:37 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: lewisglad

I think they deserve each other. I uses to watch Project Runway which featured Heidi Klum until she said that she would leave America if the American people did not elect Obama I think she should leave anyway and take her ugly pit faced husband with her


36 posted on 05/11/2009 7:25:47 PM PDT by bzybee
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