(Warning: Video may be NSFW)
Indie pop band Chester French is causing quite a stir with their latest video “Black Girls.” The song—an apparent ode to black women—seems just “different” and “edgy” enough to create a buzz, because, you know, white men openly expressing their desire for black women is sooo revolutionary.
While I’m sure many will appreciate Chester French’s shout out to the sistas, I’m inclined to agree with the homie Jamilah Lemieux when she describes the song, and it’s hyper-sexualized video, as “creepy.”
The video for “Black Girls” is just what many man crave: some good ol’ fashioned girl-on-girl action, which casts the white woman in the place of Chester French (who are absent from the video) and reduces the black woman to basically a sex toy.
Instead of Chester French appearing in the video along side a bevy of beautiful black women and singing their praises, they leave the adulation up to a (very pale) white woman who seems to want nothing more from the strikingly gorgeous black woman than a good lay.
Revolutionary? Methinks not.
This video made me think of the article I wrote last week about whether or not black women are seen as beautiful and not just sexy. Too often we are depicted as asexual caregivers or insatiable, vampy Jezebels looking for Mr. Right Now, but rarely are black women seen as the All-American girl next door.
Unfortunately, Chester French’s “Black Girls” does little in the way of showing appreciate for black women, but instead furthers the “black women are sexpots” meme that keeps us stuck in a box.
What do you think of Chester French’s ‘Black Girls’?