“Don’t wear yellow”


Arden Cho is a Korean-American actress, known for her work on the Mtv show, Teen Wolf. In a recent photo shoot, she chose to wear the color yellow for her outfit. On her website, she posts the pictures and writes a story revolving the pictures. Cho reveals that she was once told that she shouldn’t wear yellow because she is yellow and the color would not look well on her. By wearing the yellow outfit anyway, chose to defy the stereotype.

This reminded me of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. In the novel, the white people, such as Dr. Flint, does not think of Linda or her family as valuable as people and not smart. However, that is not true. Linda and her family was treated poorly and people stereotyped them.

When thinking of these two instances, the word “multiculturalism” can come to mind. Multiculturalism refers to differences of race and ethnicity, like Korean- Americans and African- Americans. However, Stuart Hall says that “multiculturalism and racism are increasing at one and the same time” (pg. 156). When thinking about the two stories, both characters are of a different race than the other characters, which makes the surrounding area become multicultural. However, both Linda and Arden Cho have been treated differently because of their race and like the quote from the essay, racism and harsh comments have been and still are a problem.

5 thoughts on ““Don’t wear yellow””

  1. Hi Sam, this is such an interesting post! I think it is important to acknowledge Cho’s strive to defy stereotypes and bring light to her personal style and authenticity by wearing the color yellow. I am curious to think what would have happened if I encountered that same scenario — would people tell me not to wear white solely because of my skin color, or would they ignore that I am white since whites are typically the majority population rather than the minority population? It is interesting to think about it from an alternate perspective. I really liked how you discussed the concept of multiculturalism as well, especially since over more recent years, America has become more diverse as a whole.

  2. I think that this cultural racism can be seen in so many aspects of popular culture related to multiculturalism. Racism is definitely still very present in America and though it is much better than the racism present during the time of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, it is still something America struggles with. Racism and multiculturalism go hand in hand in many situations. I think Arden Cho’s choice was a strong statement move of defying a stereotype that many minority people would be scared to make. However, I think that choices like this are important for creating more equality within different cultures. Arden Cho’s choice though possibly a difficult one was very encouraging to others.

  3. Great find! This is really a wake up call for realizing that these comments still exist in the modern world. People should be able to wear whatever color they prefer, and it most definitely shouldn’t be based on skin color. I really liked how you included the part from the “multiculturalism” keyword essay, explaining that “multiculturalism and racism are increasing at one and the same.” I think it’s pretty accurate to say the more differences between race and ethnicity, the more insensitive and uneducated people are about racism.

  4. Interesting post!!! This also reminded me of models who have been told they are “too fat,” “too skinny,” “too curvy,” “too pale,” (the list goes on and on). Brave women like Arden Cho are so incredibly important because they help fight to change the definition of what is stereotypically beautiful. When women stand up to racist, sexist, and plain mean comments with brave actions like modeling looks that challenge stereotypical beauty, they are paving the way for girls growing up to live in a more accepting world.

  5. I love when actresses or celebrities really defy what everyone else is telling them what to do. Image is so much for celebrities and while yes, they should be positive influences and not do things that are against normal moral, they should also be able to be themselves. Whether that is on a multicultural or feminine level the value of an individual being unique is always applicable.
    I thinkin Selena Gomez is also a strong advocate of being yourself. I have seen countless speeches of hers where she talks about how her PR rep was telling her what to say, wear, how to act, what pictures to post, etc… Eventually she got so fed up with it she decided that’s not who she was going to be. Everyone should choose to be themselves and make themselves happy in whatever way they see fit defying anything society or peers have to say about it.

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