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Brazilian Funk Star Anitta Sparks New Debate About Skin Whitening and Race
The Guardian ^ | Sunday 8 September 2013 | Jonathan Watts

Posted on 09/10/2013 3:42:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Brazil's latest funk sensation, Anitta, has won millions of fans by taking the favela sound into the mainstream, but she is now front and centre in a resurgent debate about skin colour.

Anti-discrimination campaigners and social commentators say the music industry's fastest rising star has had to sacrifice her blackness to make it into the predominantly white middle-class market.

The controversy was prompted by the publication of then-and-now photographs that show a dramatic lightening of Anitta's skin tone since she signed a deal with Warner.

In the first, when she was relatively unknown, she looked darker. In the second – a marketing shot after she became famous – she seems paler. Whether this was the result of whitening products and cosmetic surgery or – more likely – Photoshop tweaks, the contrast has rekindled discussion about whether you need to be pale to get ahead in Brazil.

Jarid Arraes, a psychology student and blogger, wrote a post decrying the latent discrimination in media and marketing that she felt Anitta's image change represented. "People refuse to accept that they are racist and they think they live in a multiracial democracy, but the statistics show that is far from the case. The whitening shows us a profoundly intolerant society that doesn't support diversity … white is the image of the rich, the nice, the successful, the good, while people see black as the opposite of all that."

Born Larissa de Macedo Machado, the diva-to-be was a church chorister in her childhood.

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1 posted on 09/10/2013 3:42:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

SOMEHOW, in SOME way, this HAS to be the fault of a eeeevil honky SOMEWHERE.

THERE *HAS* TO BE A WAY...!


2 posted on 09/10/2013 3:47:22 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

A male Michael Jackson?


3 posted on 09/10/2013 3:47:58 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: nickcarraway

Aaaaaaaah HORSE HOCKEY!

The little bit of perceived shade difference is ENTIRELY due to lighting and cosmetics. This is nothing more than too many agitators and not enough to agitate about.

What rank stupidity!


4 posted on 09/10/2013 3:50:44 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe she is turning into the new Michael Jackson.


5 posted on 09/10/2013 3:54:40 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: TomGuy

I think I need to inspect closer to find out for sure.


6 posted on 09/10/2013 3:55:27 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: nickcarraway
The controversy was prompted by the publication of then-and-now photographs that show a dramatic lightening of Anitta's skin tone since she signed a deal with Warner.

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"Dramatic lightening"? Are they joking? The slight change in colour is more likely to be the difference between the dim lighting in what looks to be her bedroom, and what appears to be stage lighting using multiple spotlights in the second pic.

She also looks younger in the first pic, and may have been spending more time outdoors in the sun.

7 posted on 09/10/2013 3:56:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: TomGuy
Or the next Sammy Sosa...


8 posted on 09/10/2013 3:58:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

My girlfriend is Filipina, and in different pics her skin color varies a lot. No cosmetic surgery, no photoshop, no effort to re-make herself. Just different pics taken in different seasons in different clothes and different lighting conditions. The two pics of this singer do not show a markedly different skin color. Sounds like a fake controversy.


9 posted on 09/10/2013 4:00:43 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: nickcarraway

OMG! Look! In the first picture, her hair is kinda ratty, and in the second it is straight! More evidence that the evil white man is changing this woman and degrading her roots...

Seriously, there’s a whole lot of people who need to return to the global warming hysteria by inhaling test bottles of CO2. As they’re certainly sucking up the oxygen from rational thinkers.


10 posted on 09/10/2013 4:00:57 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: nickcarraway
Jarid Arraes, a psychology student and blogger, wrote a post decrying the latent discrimination in media and marketing that she felt Anitta's image change represented.

A psychology student? Usually they find an "expert" (media whore with a degree).

11 posted on 09/10/2013 4:02:44 PM PDT by Ken H (First rule of gun safety - have a gun)
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To: nickcarraway

Beauty treatments are designed to deceive. Hair straightening, nose jobs, eye lifts, liposuction, shaving body hair, leg stretching, and so on, are mostly intended to make people look Northern European.

If race is such an evil thing; if Northern Europeans are so evil, why does everyone want to look like the white race?


12 posted on 09/10/2013 4:03:02 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: nickcarraway

Many Hispanic people “tan” in the summer just like white people, and their skin looks noticeably darker. And in these two pics, one is obviously an informal pic and the other is a professional “glam” shot with jewelry and a hair-do. OF COURSE she looks different.


13 posted on 09/10/2013 4:09:28 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: nickcarraway

She looks the same to me except she is more “glammed-up” in the photo on the right. Either way, I pronounce her “not-guilty” based on the photographic evidence.


14 posted on 09/10/2013 4:17:06 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Restoration of the Republic)
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To: nickcarraway
"...fastest rising star has had to sacrifice...blackness to make it into the predominantly white middle-class market."

It worked for Obama, right Joe?

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy"
15 posted on 09/10/2013 4:18:33 PM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: nickcarraway

Yes it’s racist to point out a black or dark skinned person using whitener to lighten their skin color.


16 posted on 09/10/2013 4:30:09 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A white woman would be accused of racism if she gave birth to a white baby.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh great. This can be part of the “conversation on race” Eric Holder says we’re afraid to have.


17 posted on 09/10/2013 4:35:06 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

Except that no U.S. people know who she is.


18 posted on 09/10/2013 4:36:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Darteaus94025
"...fastest rising star has had to sacrifice...blackness to make it into the predominantly white middle-class market."

Judging by the "before" photo, she didn't have much "blackness" to sacrifice.
19 posted on 09/10/2013 4:39:04 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: GilesB

That is what I was thinking. Lighting and cosmetics. She looks yellow in the first photo, not black. The first also looks older and one can tell it was taken with a cheap camera. Why don’t we just outlaw fashion and young ladies wanting to look their best.


20 posted on 09/10/2013 4:50:50 PM PDT by formosa
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To: nickcarraway

She’s still darker than Ben Jealous.


21 posted on 09/10/2013 5:03:58 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: nickcarraway

I wish to observe that: 1.)The young ladies innocence is clearly depicted in both photographs. 2.) I was greatly sadden that the link labeled “curvaceous, but shaking dancer and singer” failed open properly.


22 posted on 09/10/2013 5:04:37 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: trisham

It looks to me like the first shot is color skewed. It probably was taken using incandescent lighting which skews the colors towards yellow/red.


23 posted on 09/10/2013 5:12:07 PM PDT by chb
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To: nickcarraway
So Oprah's a racist for getting rid of her ethnic African nose then?


24 posted on 09/10/2013 5:39:24 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: chb

Yes, exactly right.


25 posted on 09/10/2013 5:43:29 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lizavetta

Wow. What a difference.


26 posted on 09/10/2013 5:44:00 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway
The whitening shows us a profoundly intolerant society that doesn't support diversity …

And tanning shows.....?

27 posted on 09/10/2013 5:46:44 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: dfwgator

still looking creepier than ever

28 posted on 09/10/2013 5:50:34 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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