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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO A COLUMN BY HADLEY FREEMAN IN THE GUARDIAN

I’ve seen how exclusive the fashion world is. Can the new Vogue change that?

Vogue?

If you want to see how empty and decadent fashion photography can be, just see the Vogue photo show in this paper.

Appalling stuff, a mix of Rocky Horror Show, sadomasochism, comic books, and childish bizarre imaginings.

Now, there indeed is something to be concerned with.

And does it really matter how many black faces are observed at any given event?

This simplistic counting approach to people of color or women for any event or organization has gone beyond sanity.

Different groups do have different interests, different tastes, different goals.

By that logic, we should expect to be seeing more white faces at hip hop concerts or in colleges featuring black studies and perhaps be acting to remedy the “imbalance.”
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Response to a comment about counting the numbers of different types of people in involved in anything:

It is a fixation of the present management of The Guardian.

And I think it trivializes the paper.

It also serves as cheap “filler” instead of fairly costly serious journalism, requiring, as it does, time and resources and skillful people.

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