Actress Jennifer Aniston came under attack this week by activists claiming she was “appropriating the culture of blacks” all because she had a deep summer tan.
So, now it is racist if white people get a tan.
The controversy arose after Aniston appeared on the cover of InStyle magazine’s October issue.
The magazine took to Instagram to advertise the issue:
Jennifer Aniston has been a beacon of American glamour for the past 25 years, and now she’s stretching her boundaries. In a series of five newsstand covers (just try to choose a favorite), she channels iconic beauty looks from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Read the full interview from our October beauty issue at the link in bio, and stay tuned for more cover shots. I Photographed by @michaelthompsonstudio; Styled by @juliavonboehm; Story by @kerrybombe
InStyle called Aniston the “babe eternal” for her long-time youthful looks.
“Jennifer Aniston has been a beacon of American glamour for the past 25 years, and now she’s stretching her boundaries,” the magazine said on Instagram. “In a series of five newsstand covers (just try to choose a favorite), she channels iconic beauty looks from the ‘60s and ‘70s.”
But, respondents on the post thought the photo was a bit strange because of Aniston’s deep tan.
It wasn’t long before some users began attacking Aniston and the magazine for “appropriating” black culture with the woman’s tan.
“I get that these covers are supposed to be channeling the glamour of yesteryear but that ‘glamour’ routinely marginalized women of color for white women (whether made tan or otherwise),” Instagram user Patricia Birch wrote. “Seeing Jennifer Aniston several shades darker than normal reminds me of that legacy. In 2019, if you want a brown skinned woman on your cover, put a brown-skinned woman on your cover.”
Other commenters compared Aniston to race-faker Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who posed as a black woman for over a decade before being outed.
Naturally, the magazine soon began deleting the nasty comments. Perhaps just as naturally, Aniston has refused to comment on the controversy (probably a smart move).
A spokesperson for InStyle defended the cover and told NBC News, “This one shot in particular was inspired by Veruschka,” a German model who was popular during the 1960s. “The other four looks were inspired by Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton, Brigitte Bardot and Charlotte Rampling.”
If you are unfamiliar with Veruschka, here is a photo of the model from 1969:
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