The Selby



I dig The Selby, which features "interesting people in creative spaces," as much as the next decor junkie. So what if it's a masturbatory celebration of hipster lifestyle? I can't count the number of times I've clicked in and spent way too much time fawning over some fantastic spaces that anyone with a soul would have a really good time in.

But has anyone else noticed that with two questionable exceptions, representations of Black people on The Selby are limited to the inanimate? And that the object d' blackness is always singled out and displayed like some sort of honor badge? Attention, hipsters: Black people actually exist. In fact, some are responsible for some of the music you listen to, much of the art you covet, and just about all the slang you bandy about in your incessant attempts at irony.

I'm not mad. It's Todd Selby's world. And in Todd Selby's world, Todd Selby should do what Todd Selby damn well pleases-- which may include shooting, of all the Black creatives in the world, Kanye. I'm just saying.










7 comments:

January 31, 2009 at 8:05 PM Kwana said...

Hmm. Food for though. Good observation. Going to click on. I've clicked many times and let it wash over me.

January 31, 2009 at 9:18 PM raafi said...

I did notice that black folks' inclusion on the Selby hovers just above zero. It was one of those sites that I was psyched to learn about. But once I looked at it through my patented "racedar", I felt slightly annoyed and a little hurt. I still check it from time to time, but all that fuzzy feeling is gone. Just good, if insufficient, aesthetics.

February 1, 2009 at 11:27 PM wild cowgirl said...

ph my..
this blog is so very important.

...yay you

February 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM Brigitte said...

I just can't deal with hipster racism. Great post.

February 5, 2009 at 3:34 PM Style Noir said...

Raafi - I was terribly, terribly excited when I discovered it for myself, too. But as it proliferates, my-- our-- questions loom larger and larger... Lol @ "racedar." Can I apply for a usage license?

Wild Cowgirl - Thanks and welcome!

Brigitte - Glad you enjoyed. Hipster racism is a trip-- mainly because it's so... blatant. One could devote a whole site to it. It would be half comedy, half tragedy. First post would be about the Buckwheat t-shirt that Urban Outfitters is hawking.

February 26, 2009 at 9:49 PM Anonymous said...

A few friends and I actually contacted Urban about that Buckwheat shirt... no reply. Shocker.

April 1, 2009 at 11:02 PM .Blank.Bare.Clean. said...

I really appreciate this post. I'm a huge art head...

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