Black internet is up in arms. Yes, I say “Black” internet, because I’m pretty sure “White” internet doesn’t care that Kohl’s has a Halloween costume wig called, “Ghetto Fab Wig”.
I’m still trying to figure out what’s so “Ghetto Fab” about this wig. It’s pretty much how I used to wear my own hair years ago when I was growing out my first big chop. I’m going to assume there were no people of color in the Marketing or Merchandising department at Kohl’s when they decided to name this wig and then slap it on a white woman’s head. Hell, if anything call it “Bohemian Fab”, “Afro Fab” or “Foxy Brown Cleopatra Fab”. I can’t say that I’ve seen many “Ghetto Fab” chicks rocking a fro or roller set like one in the photo. Also, please don’t act like you don’t know “Ghetto Fab” when you see it. I know it when I see it & this just isn’t it. Think Shenehnay from “Martin”. Yes, that’s my definition of glorified ghetto fabulousness and
Kimora Simmons. Fellow black people, don’t act like you’ve never referred to someone as ghetto either. I guess the term ghetto is the new “N” word. It’s ok for us to refer to each other as ghetto, but don’t let the white man do it, or call an afro wig “Ghetto Fab”.
When I looked closer at the ad on Kohl’s website, it looked as though the product had two reviews already. Two poor reviews. I’m just going to assume from all of the attention this wig has received today, it probably won’t receive any positive reviews. Would it have been too hard for Kohl’s just to call this wig an “Afro Wig”? That’s what every other
beauty supply costume store online refers to it as. As of an hour ago, Kohl’s is still doing damage control via Twitter and apologizing a lot and reassuring people, who probably would have never bought such a wig in the first place that it will be taken down eventually after they sell several hundred more.
In other black internet news, outside of this atrocious flammable tragedy of a wig, Willow Smith’s video for “Whip Your Hair” hit the internet today. I’m sorry, but you will not catch me singing a song penned by a 9 year old or whipping my hair back & forth. I’m not sure why people insist on saying she’s taking the shine away from Ciara and the like, hell, she’s just like them, just pint size. Sure, it’s cute that the heiress to Will Smith’s fortune has a cutesy song about “girl power”, who couldn’t use some “girl power” every now & then? BUT…I’ll be damned if I’m going to condone grown ass women up in the club whipping their hair back & forth, and the possibility of a “ghetto fab” wig flying off and hitting me in the face. A scratched cornea because of a bitch’s synthetic wig isn’t cute at all. Ok, so that was a little harsh, but whatever. My point is, it’s a cute song if you’re used to listening to Justin Bieber and are under the age of 13, but if you’re pushing 40 and whipping it in the club, I’m going to assume you have some major issues, mainly being in the club at the age of 40.
I am glad that Jada Pinckett can now have the music career she always wanted through her daughter.
The lessons learned today because of “black” internet:
A) The person managing Kohl’s twitter account is probably tired of copying/pasting the same apology over & over again.
B) Apparently there isn’t one black person in Kohl’s merchandising department who would have advised against giving that wig such a name.
C) Whipping your hair back and forth can cause whiplash and other serious neck injuries.