Why You So Racist, FHM Philippines Edition? [Pic]

Submitted by: eugenius 5 years ago in

The Filipino edition of this month"s FHM launched this cover before pulling it due to racist allegations. Was it racist?
There are 36 comments:
Male 583
lol it also says `paki`
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Female 50
LOL stepping out of the shadows, I GET IT!
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Female 500
At first I was going to say, "I don`t see the problem," because most "racist" things don`t strike me as racist at all. However, the girls in the background are photographed in a significantly less pretty way with much less pretty clothing, and in a way this imagery does affect girls` minds tremendously, so yes, I see the racism. It`s more of the unconscious sort though, the one that creeps into your mind silently.
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Male 10,339
Not racist.

EVERYTHING IS RACIST!
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Male 3,631
Well maybe they should adopt Black History month - that`s what it`s for, right? Boosting their impoverished little egos? Besides, there`s always McDonald`s 365Black. I`m lovin` it.
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Male 6,227
@Suicism: The consequences are that dark-skinned Filipinas, the majority of the female population, who see this cover story may have the idea that they are ugly and lower class because of their skin color reinforced. It`s already a big problem, with Filipinas (and many other Asian women) going to extreme and dangerous lengths to lighten their skin color.
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Male 3,631
What are the consequences here? Are feminist black lesbians going to stop reading the magazine if FHM went ahead with its cover? Oh wait - there isn`t much to `read,` and I don`t think that`s quite their target demographic. So they caught her emerging from an interracial orgy - and it was dark in there. So what?
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Male 539
"stepping out of the shadows"

I can`t believe I missed that.
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Male 6,227
If you`re on the fence regarding whether this magazine cover is acceptable or not, as I was initially, here`s what tipped the scales for me in the direction of NOT ACCEPTABLE. The headline for the cover story: "Bela Padilla: Stepping out of the Shadows." How the heck was that discussed (if it was discussed) without everyone realizing that`s a really bad idea?

"So, we have a fair-skinned beauty emerging `out of the shadows`--`the shadows` being black people or people with really dark skin."

~facepaw~

I agree with all the comments that others have made already regarding the Asian preference, bordering on obsession, for light skin.
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Male 539
It`s not just the Philippines that prefer light skin - this is prominent throughout most of Asia. Like most things related to `beauty` it is tied directly to socioeconomic status. Rich people never went outside and worked in the fields - hence, lighter skin. Money pretty much always = attractiveness in some way or another. Sun umbrellas, wearing poofy winter coats in summer, skin bleach treatments, etc. Are any of these any more ridiculous than some of the tanning nonsense we deal with here? (Which, by the way, is also related to being rich. It`s just, instead of lounging about indoors, the wealthy can lounge on a beach. It is not tan skin that is beautiful, it is smooth tan skin.)

Recently several people here point out that the word racist is frequently misused. Does the magazine highlight fair skin over dark? Eh - seems to. I didn`t even notice the dark skinned girls at first. I don`t know if they are even different races, though.
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Male 6,227
It`s Friday night. The Squirrel Funk Committee requires that you all click this link.

Your booty will thank me.
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Male 25,416
Thats just people overreacting... nothing bad here
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Male 434
Nickel: Don`t be so serious. Or rather, get serious. This is a photo with a link to an article regarding the decision to pull this magazine cover because it was deemed racist. It was posted here with the question, what do you think? Not everyone here just comes for the "LOL, guy falls off bike." Some come for intelligent conversation and camaraderie. To me, this promotes stimulating thought and conversation and is more than welcome as an antidote to boredom.

Drat, I was just trolled wasn`t I?

Is it odd that I type drat instead of puck?
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Male 14,835
I showed this to two Filipinas. The only problem they saw was that she wasn`t wearing much clothes.
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Male 187
@I-is-bored: you are 100% correct. A very good friend of mine dates a girl who is Filipino. He`s been there several times. He says its completely normal for, say, a resturant to run a help wanted ad specifying a light-skinned girl. All the best positions go to light-skinned people. Darker-skinned people are looked down upon as second-class citizens. All this is done rather blatantly, too. Think the southern US circa 1940.
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Male 14,835
Nah, body builders do blackface all the time
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Male 514
Come on. Kind of grasping on that one.
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Male 5,874
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO I A B ?
It seems that any copy with any two differing colours is picked up as racist, regardless of content or cotext.
Any sort of wording is construed or misconstrued as racist.
WTF is wrong with you?
It is time for IAB to reassess it`s contributors and stop being so nanny-ish. This sort of article perpetuates racism and is not necessary.
It would be a good idea to sit down and work out exactly what your ethos is, and sack somebody before your sponsors are wake up to the asinine stupidity of some of the presented material.
No doubt someone will say `don`t be so serious!`, I am sure; but gradual erosion of acceptable material will lead to the end of a currently damn-good site. Let the be-headings begin.
Here endeth the rant.
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Male 2,700
This is only racist if you are Black...

...and American...

...and cant help but yell RACE RACE....

...and...

..and..

Oh forget it, keep crying...
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Male 2,419
in the philippines they culturally prefer light skin, women walk around with umbrellas to block the sun
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Male 2,516
I don`t get it
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Male 936
its only racist if you you think shadows means black people (Which means you`re racist)
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Male 642
Nope, just a visual representation of someone stepping out of the shadows with other people of darker pigmentation being used to represent the shadows.
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that`s right.. people should learn to differ between use and abuse
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Male 434
Nope, just a visual representation of someone stepping out of the shadows with other people of darker pigmentation being used to represent the shadows.
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Male 14,334
There were words?!?!?!?!
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Male 642
why does anyone find that offensive? obviously the depicted people are not forced to do this so they probably know why they were there and what would be done with the picture and they seem to be ok with it.. why do people have to be ashamed or offended "in place" of someone else? the only ones who have a right to complain are the people who are actually displayed and that doesn`t seem to be the case.. if it was a single person or a group of people saying something bad about a different group of people I understand that others may be offended.. but damn.. get over yourselves
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Female 105
Yes. Yes it is racist.
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Male 6,737
[email protected]

Also, it looks like the girl on the right and the girl at the back have been blacked up?
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Female 2,525
@NightHack, I know there are lots of boobs so you were probably too distracted, but there are actual words on the cover.
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Male 6,737
Yes it was. But the girl`s hot. So it`s fine.
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Male 20,196
NightHack: I think some people are upset over the cover`s main caption.
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Male 901
I would say more likely sexist, we all know that`s a man. C`mon, it`s the Philipines!
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Male 955
Yeah, just a little...
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Male 118
Yes, yes it was.
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Male 204
Yes, it is racist to have people of different races in a photograph together. Everyone knows that equality means separation. DEERRRRPPP
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Male 1,620
Link: Why You So Racist, FHM Philippines Edition? [Pic] [Rate Link] - The Filipino edition of this month`s FHM launched this cover before pulling it due to racist allegations. Was it racist?
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