African American and Hispanic leaders are speaking out against a new 92-foot mural near New York's Times Square that depicts Black and Latino women in suggestive poses and wearing provocative attire, brightly colored hair, tattoos and piercings. Protesters claim that the painting depicts minority women in a negative light, feeding on mainstream stereotypes, but the artist says she her intention was not to generalize these women, but to "recognize" and "celebrate" them. Read More: 10 Most Offensive Things About 'Freaknik: The Musical'Commentary: T-Pain's 'Freakik' is Animated BuffooneryT.I.'s Akoo Jeans Billboard Sexualizes Black Women Here's what you said: Vera Dolores Jacques wrote: "I see this as another reason why we as people of color are always being marginalized." Jewel17 said: "Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are not without consequence."

Mar, 18, 2010

African American and Hispanic leaders gathered near New York's Times Square on March 17 to protest a 92-foot mural on 42nd Street, CNN reported. The mural, commissioned to Puerto Rican artist Sofia Maldonado by the Times Square Alliance depicts Black and Hispanic women in suggestive poses wearing provocative attire, brightly colored hair, tattoos and piercings. Protesters claim that the painting depicts minority women in a negative light, feeding on mainstream stereotypes. An open letter from protesters to the Times Square Alliance reads, "This art is an affront to all the hardworking Black and Latino women who struggle to maintain their dignity in a world that feels there is no repercussions for disrespecting them." But Maldonado says her intention was to "celebrate" these women. In an interview with the Daily Voice, the artist said she wanted to draw light to, "the women people don't pay attention to," and called her mural, "a celebration and recognition of a specific stereotype that has been portrayed as negative. I am not generalizing Latina or Black women, just deconstructing people's minds." But do you think Maldonado achieved what she aimed to do? Is this a celebration of non-conventional beauty or a reinforcement of negative stereotypes? Read More:

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