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Category: ‘This Is She’
I was surprised at the exuberant response from the ladies of Spelman College re: Ashaka. They are fierce about their school–you better not let that name come out your lips unless you have something good to say. Shit.
Fortunately, what I said about Spelman in my video was pretty benign, though, some of the students and alums were none too pleased. To those naysayers, I respond as such: watch the video again and pay attention.
PoeticProduct: I’m Black, I’m a woman, I went to Spelman, and I find this Hilarious. I also think this is a very poignant statement as to how the media portrays women of color
Ellinaj08: this video was hilarious! I am an African American Spelman alumna. I love my institution and this was OBVIOUSLY not a satire of black women or Spelman but of what the Ashaka Cohen character represents. Doesn’t anyone see that Ashaka is actually a white male who has EXTREME identity issues? I was cracking up while watching this!
08DeeLoveley: I”m sorry. I’m a Spelman alumna and I found this to be incredibly funny. Maybe if I was transgendered I might be offended, but I don’t see how it disrespects my alma mater. Ashaka is so clearly the butt of the joke.
And now the Naysayers… (more…)
Ashaka is a character searching for identity, and subsequently, performing her idea of what black is based on television and media portrayals of black women.
Is Ashaka ignorant? Yes. Ashaka has a lot of learning to do. But bear in mind that she believes her transracial identity is every bit as valid as her transgender identity.
My goal was to depict a person who is haphazardly appropriating identities in an attempt to find herself. It’s about identity politics and identity performance.
But most of all, it’s fucking funny.
The new unabashedly queer web series, THIS IS SHE, has premiered to (mostly) rave reviews. The first episode, entitled “Madonna Imitations Are The Queerest Forms of Faggotry,” has brought the batshit crazy YouTube Madonna-obsessed queens out of the woodwork, seething with rage because I said the only interesting, revolutionary thing Madonna can do at this point is die. Pussies. I’ve got a whole list of tired, should-be-dead celebs about to come atcha so stay tuned. THIS IS SHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!