The Whitening of Pop Music

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


Pop music finds its origins in the southern United States where African-Americans played blues, which became rhythm and blues. Today witht he globalization of pop music, some argue that the  images of stars are “whitened” by the commercial interests that market them. The latest example is the Brazilian pop star Anitta. See this article in Salon, “Pop music’s beauty standard is depressingly narrow and white” and this article in the Guardian, “Brazilian funk star Anitta sparks new debate about skin whitening and race“.  The same claim has been made about Beyonce. See this article, “Beyonce is looking several shades lighter in photo shoot for her new album“.

Watch the BBC interview below with Dencia, South Africa’s “Lady Gaga”.


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