This is when you know things have gone too far.
A lily white yoga studio in idyllic Santa Barbara, California recently held a “Ghetto Fabulous” yoga class. In preparation, students were instructed to wear cornrows, snapback caps and heavy lipliner along with their lululemon leggings. Who knew gang signs could be so cute?! The invite promised to provide “various costumes” — there was a do-rag giveaway, attendees said — and “guaranteed belly laughs.”
I’m not sure why ghetto fabulous has become synonymous with black (as if there are no white people who are ghetto), but to advertise an event like this and link to a WikiHow article on “How to Be Ghetto Fabulous” says a lot about the attitude behind it.
I would really like to write an op ed piece about status conferral and agenda-setting theory because clearly all of these things are related. Miley Cyrus and her longbacking disguised as twerking makes the news, and suddenly we are inundated with stories of white people expressing their “blackness” in various ways.
I’m still composing my thoughts.