on the racist, appropriative history of burlesque and exotic dancers
not only did they take much of the dancing style, music and garb from afrocubanas, they also took on our names and personas to make a buck, while selling a hypersexualized, caricaturized image of the women of color whos identitys they were commodifying—they were known for sets that included faux-voodoo, african drums, etc.
or, on how white women have been stepping on us for their own fame and glory since forever…..
rosita royce - born marjoree rose lee. *her white girl name wasnt spicy enough. she had to fake the latina funk to get on.
lilly christine -who was known for some “native american” influenced routines where she dressed up as a sexy mock indian and stripped, as well as her “voodoo” routines. (her ethnicity is up in the air BUT she lived as “white” so)
zorita -real name kathryn boyd. *see rosita above.
carmen miranda- was a portuguese white girl. NOT brazilian but cemented a fake spicy latina, fruit basket on the head, hypersexualized trope by claiming she was authentic.
tongolele- american born of white parents, one spaniard (but steeel white) and a tahitian grandmother. she gets a half a pass for the name, however her dancing was mostly afrocuban and she was touted as “mexican”.
there are a good few who come to mind from that era who are african american and also pretty much bit the fuck out of afrocuban dancers but that is a whole diff dynamic from WHITE women who pretended to be exotic lightskinned WOC to degrade us and get rich.
Her real name is Elizabeth Woodrige Grant. Last time I ranted about her on tumblr and twitter I got anons calling me ignorant and fat cow. On twitter white gay men were quick to tell me I was wrong. Lana is in the music industry simply because of nepotism. Her father is some rich record exec, she consciously changed her name to seem more of something that isn’t white. Hood or chola or some shit is what she was going for apparently. For her to take on that name wasn’t just for shits and giggles, but she did it to GET AHEAD in an industry that would think she was something special off that name. White privilege is when you can adopt a name for poc and it won’t affect you negatively. Margerita Castillo changed her name and appearance to Rita Hayworth Jo Tejada changes her name to Raquel Welsh so she could get jobs. More recently there’s some actors and actresses who changed their name. Shit, even Selena went by one name probably so white peole wouldn’t have to struggle with Quintanilla. I can see why she did it though. I wouldn’t buy a record from some chick med Elizabeth Woodrige either.
and as @liquornspice pointed out jokingly
it takes white privilege like a mug for a someone to take on a hispanic last name just for shits and giggles coz they think it sounds cool, when we’re out here getting deported to countries we’re not even from for something as simple as that.
yeah, im talmbout you, lana del rey. :|
Can we not with her? Here’s why:
1) Rich white girl buys record contract through connections.
2) Changed her name to be more “gangster” so she could make it. So of course it’s a name that could belong to a brown girl right?
3) Thinks what she’s doing is “rapping”. Thinks there’s nothing wrong with doing it.
Like, I don’t need to break it down anymore.