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L'Oréal: Get Réal

8/8/2008 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

BeyonceBeyonce, or L'Oréal for that matter, probably had no idea that an ad for hair color would cause so much controversy. I am an African-American woman and I work for TMZ. Yes, TMZ hires Black people.

I saw the new L'Oréal ad a few days ago, and it struck a nerve. There's still a stigma of Black celebs acting "too Black." This ad re-enforces that negative portrayal.

Why can't a powerful, talented African-American woman be celebrated for her natural beauty? L'Oréal claims they didn't change Beyonce's appearance, but who are they fooling? L'Oreal obviously wanted to make Beyonce look White.

The L'Oréal ad is disrespectful and dismissive to the Black community. And L'Oréal's explanation is lame.

My name is Nina and I approved (and wrote) this message.

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getoveritalready    

The race card gets played way too much. Anytime something is precieved negative, it's always because of someones color. Lame and getting f'''ing old!!! Will Jesse Jackson be releasing a comment soon in her defense?!!!! Geez...get a life lady.

2084 days ago
17.

Amanda    

Beyonce is a light-skinned woman. Add professional photography lights to that, and you get an even lighter-skinned Beyonce. GET OVER YOURSELF!

2084 days ago
18.

jill    

DOUBLE STANDARD!!!


WHY DON'T YOU TALK TO YOUR GIRL BEYONCE, LAST TIME I CHECKED SHE WASN'T BORN WITH BLONDE HAIR.

2084 days ago
19.

Justin is Calling    

Nice comparison photo of Beyonce.

Did that same photographer take that picture of John Edwards' new baby for the National Enquirer?

2084 days ago
20.

todd    

dumbest thing i have ever read.

2084 days ago
21.

conner    

Oh cmon...get a life people! Its not that big a deal!! dumb BP!!!

2084 days ago
22.

plushb    

While I can certainly understand and appreciate what the author is saying, this has been going on for years. As much as you want to stand up and argue about it, unfortunately, its not an entire race's battle to fight. Beyonce needs to realize in this add that her skin tone has been lightened and her nose has been trimmed. Its her battle to fight. If she decides to ignore it and continue to work with this company, it speaks to her character.

2084 days ago
23.

getreal    

Seriously....I mean come on. I'm so sick of black people crying about the dumbest crapt! If a white person said they were making someone look too black then that would be discrimination. Get over yourself!

2084 days ago
24.

truth teller    

Nina, please get OVER yourself.

As a strong, african-american woman, you are really bugging the hell outta me.

Typical black victim. Always looking for a source of oppression.

2084 days ago
25.

Lylalu    

Okay seriously- you are making WAY too big a deal out of this. Lighting can make a HUGE difference. I have medium skin and in some pics with lots of light I look pale. Move on.

2084 days ago
26.

Jea    

Nina get over yourself, this is such a stupid post, Get over it! Nobody cares

2084 days ago
27.

Justin is Calling    

So why does TMZ always state Barack Obama is black when he's really half black, half white?

Does TMZ obviously want Barack Obama to look black, not white?

2084 days ago
28.

Gabby    

Uhm .... isn't this story about 3-4 days old already??
Talk about beating a dead horse!!

Epic FAIL on this story.

2084 days ago
29.

nicole    

get over it. white people are made to look tan all the time. shes obviously already "altering" her natural black beauty by dyeing her hair blonde.

2084 days ago
30.

LIFE IS LIFE    

Beyonce dont like blacks!

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