“Save the Pearls” is a vanity published YA novel trying to bill itself as the next “The Hunger Games.” The publisher says that “‘Save the Pearls turns the tables on racism.’”
It uses blackface as a plot device.
In author Victoria Foyt’s futuristic world, no one wants to mate with white people—or “pearls”—considered to be the ugliest humans oppressed by people of color. In order to survive, they must put on blackface make up to be attractive to the ruling class of “coals.” Hoyt explains: “their stunningly dark skin that carries the greatest amount of melanin…makes them the strongest, most powerful race alive.” The protagonist is a white girl who must smear her face with “midnight luster” make up in order to protect herself from radiation and in order to look beautiful to the oppressive “coals” in hopes that they will mate with her.
I have no fucking words for this. >_<
First, if this is reverse racism world, why are white people being referred to as a precious stone and black people referred to as "coals"? -_- Sure, you could claim it's to show just how backwards this world is! But more likely it's to show the innate awesomeness of white people and to imply the innate value of white people that's being unjustly ignored.
Secondly, seriously, with so few unconventionally attractive heroines in fiction, we need a book about the poor oppressed thin blonde white girl who struggles through "racism" to find true love?
Thirdly, the "look at this horrible future where a blonde thin white girl who would be a model is seen as ugly! How awful a world that would think this!" is SUCH a f-ed up message. >_<
Fourthly, I always hate when privileged people have escapist oppression fantasies. >_< Whether it's middle class white cis straight people lamenting that they don't live "interesting lives" like marginalized people, or MRAs and their oppression fantasies. If oppression is a fun fantasy to you, it says a lot about your privilege.
I'm also pretty pissed off about the constant "OPPRESSED WILL BECOME THE OPPRESSORS" crap in fiction, b/c it's a narrative that's used IRL to deny rights to marginalized people, and to dismiss our concerns. "You just want to dominate and become the ones on top!" "It's a slippery slope and then you'll take us over!" "You're as bad as us inside!"
I also always love the idea that if somebody MUST be on top (which I completely disagree w/ as a thing that must always happen anyways) it should be white, cis, straight, abled, etc people. Like even as oppressors they are better, kinder oppressors than "we" would be.
Fifthly, that book sounds hella racist.
Read these tweets for quote excerpts from the book. It's really an excuse to be racist to black people while saying "it's not racist for her to think such horrible thoughts about them b/c they are her oppressors in backwards upside down world!"
Sixthly, BLACKFACE IS HEROIC!!! GO HER!!!
Seventhly, that video actually has her in blackface.
Eighthly, as somebody who is currently struggling to get a date on OKC b/c I'm trans (And I know that I'm already very "lucky" in that I fit a lot of beauty standards) and face a lot of transphobic crap when ppl message me at all, that video to promote the book really pisses me off >_< Esp since of course the expected reaction is for men to go "OF COURSE I WOULD DATE HER!! SHE'S SO BEAUTIFUL! WHO WOULD THINK SHE'S UGLY?" and the expected reaction of white people is what I said above "what a f-ed up world where she's discriminated against!"
Ninthly, it's pretty sexist to equate her finding a husband as "saving" her. And the implication to men watching the video that by finding her attractive enough to f- you are "saving" her.
Tenthly, racism is all about people not wanting to date you. That's the biggest problem with racism.
I think the twist ending of the book should be there are no black ppl & it's all white ppl in blackface cluelessly oppressing each other.