New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley is catching hell from Black Twitter for likening a South African enslaved woman’s historic butt size to Kim Kardashian’s enhanced rear end.
“It chronicles the life of Saartjie Baartman, a South African enslaved woman known for her large buttocks and curvy proportions, who was forced to perform in side and freak shows in Europe in the 1800s,” notes hellobeautiful.com.
“For reasons unbeknownst to us, Brantley thought it was would be a good idea to compare Baartman’s natural physique and unthinkable predicament to Kim Kardashian’s allegedly fake rear, millionaire existence and white privilege.”
Kellee Terrell’s review of the review also noted that Baartman was depicted as “complicit in her own exploitation.”
Terrrell writes: “How bout ‘hell to the nah’?”
“The lesson to take away from this play isn’t that contemporary women should love their natural curves and resist the pressure of going under the knife or being ‘slaves’ to the need to conform. Better yet: What does KK have anything to do with anything? Having a big butt doesn’t make you a Black woman and we are more than our rear ends.”
Critics of the critic:
This is why we need more black women in the aisle seat: https://t.co/iYkwdMN1cm. Hottentot Venus was a slave and Ben Brantley had no idea.
— Kelundra (@pieceofkay) May 18, 2017
— Talia Thiesfield (@TaliaThiesfield) May 17, 2017
— Freddy (@BKSpidey) May 16, 2017
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