I believe that we over look many things we see in pop culture and on social media platforms. We use these outlets as positive sources to release our feelings about things that go on in our everyday lives. In this course, girlhood is obviously our main topic, but there have been a lot of our readings that have had racist situations or encounters.
In one of our first readings, “America”, it is said that our country with the mixing of all the immigrants has the “race of all races” and it talks about how America is a combination of so many cultures. Then we moved in Kirsten’s stories and the Little House on the Prairie, both of which involved racist depictions of Native Americans. As we addressed these topics in lecture and discussion, I started subtly noticing more racism in today’s pop culture and on social media. I believe there are plenty of issues dealing with racism that’s going on right now that is very apparent and needs to be addressed, but there is so much that goes unnoticed that needs to also be addressed.
The Grammy’s were a few days ago, and many people were shocked that Adele won album of the year instead of Beyoncé. Both had exceptionally great albums and deserved the title, but as many people put it on twitter, “Beyoncé’s album was groundbreaking and inspiring”. My favorite part about this is that Adele went up to give her acceptance speech and spent most of it thanking Beyoncé. She said, “I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humble and very grateful, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé.” She then goes on to say, “The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering and they stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have.” Later she ended up breaking her Grammy in half and giving part of it to Beyoncé.
This is such an awesome moment and I felt related well the many of the racist parts of our readings. Both artists understood that the Grammy’s are traditional, but Beyoncé choose to make that album to inspire people and Adele used her place and power to bring attention and credit to that.
There are also so many articles floating around discussing the Grammy issue. I did find one that I thought talked about it quite well though.