Whitenicious, that’s the name of the skin bleaching cream rapper Azealia Banks is currently hash tagging. Last week the always controversial rapper took to Facebook live stream to defend skin bleaching. Stating that it’s no different than a weave or a nose job in her opinion. Needless to say Twitter was in a massive uproar over her comments. However, she wouldn’t be the first black celebrity to bleach their skin, celebs like Sammy Sosa, Lil Kim, and Vybz Kartel are the most notorious as of late. Aside from the immediate offense I take from her comments about skin lighting, I have several issues and question that come up for me regarding Ms. Banks and her defending lightening one’s skin.
The “212” rapper who is more famous for her Twitter beefs with other celebrities than her music, has always made very controversial statements, that’s nothing new. Which leads me to wonder if this is all just for the usual shock value or is she really pro-skin bleaching. My biggest issue is that this statement completely contradicts her brand. She has attacked several celebrities for not being authentic and using cultural appropriation, yet she makes statements like “”I guess people see the skin-bleaching thing as something different, but I see it as another … assimilation thing.” Azealia Banks as always come off as this strong, conscious, black woman so it shocks me that she would see nothing wrong with skin bleaching.
My second issue is with her comparing skin bleaching to weaves and nose jobs, in my opinion, while those things may imply some insecurity they are things that can be undone. Skin bleaching is permanent, your pigment will never ever be the same, and it’s nothing like dying your hair or changing your nail polish. So let’s just get that straight.
Lastly, I take issue with what this says to young black girls, it just sends a bad message. It says that you’re not good enough and your brown skin is not beautiful. On the worst side the entire statement Banks made, suggests that she has deep insecurities about her herself and needs to work on her self-esteem.
What do you think of Azealia Bank’s comments about skin bleaching?
By: Shannon Lockhart