This weekend I, like many of you, read about The Adventure of Django Unchained Actress Danielle Watts Out and About in Studio City.
If you haven’t heard about this yet, SPOILERALERT:
Watts was making out with her celebrity chef boyfriend in their car when they were approached by cops. They asked her for ID and asked questions intimating they thought she was a prostitute. When she didn’t hand over her ID, they handcuffed her, put her in the back of a squad car; and eventually released her.
I read this story; and became very sad.
Because despite the best efforts of The Oreo Experience, Intl, LLC, ESQ, sometimes people forget some of the basics.
Danielle did a lot of things right (white boyfriend, hanging out in Tony neighborhood where the average home price is $1.1 million) but she also made some classic mistakes.
Can you spot them? I’ll give you a minute. Eyes on your own paper!
SFX: Girl from Impanema
Pencils down! Let’s see how you did. What did Ms. Watts do wrong? Here we go:
Short, natural hair.
Maintaining long hair as a woman of color takes a long time and goodly amount of dedication. Your long flowing locks will make it clear that you don’t have time to take on a second job as a prostitute. It’s also in line with pretty standard Western beauty standards. Showing that you’re not afraid to not conform also shows that you’re not afraid to not be breaking laws. When someone endures the time, money, and third-degree burns necessary to fit in perfectly, you can be much more assured that they don’t want to cause trouble.
Sure New York City is home to great museums, priceless works of art and brilliant architecture. But it’s also super diverse and sung about by rappers. How are police supposed to know that you’re paying homage to The Big Apple because you really love Art Deco buildings or because you’re in line with Mr. Beyonce?
You can still wear shirts that announce one’s love of cities, just make sure they’re the right cities. For example, I love sporting my “Wisconsin is for me!” or “Omaha is lovely this time of year!” or “I sure do enjoy Salt Lake City” tees.
Short shorts are totally ok, but we need to tone down the colors. The orange and purple and bold patterns are reminiscent of some African tribal prints (which I only know since I have done the scary research so that you don’t have to).
Didn’t show the cops her ID.
Look, just because there’s no law on the CA books that says you don’t have to carry ID with you if you’re not operating a motor vehicle. And just because California doesn’t have a Stop and Identify statute doesn’t mean a darn thing. Oreos are not interested in the “letter of the law,” we’re interested in “making other people feel comfortable.”
Expressed affection during daylight hours
Everyone knows that the best, safest, most secure and sincere way to show your love just how much you love them is in the dark. And maybe in separate beds. Pennings sonnets. Praying for redemption from your lust.
What do you think? Justified stop or something else? Have you been pulled over for silly reasons? How did you get out of it? Or are you writing from jail? If you are writing from jail, it is one of those nicely lit ones like on OITNB; or one of the scary jails from that SpikeTV show JAIL?
Let us know in the comments!
I LOVE THIS!! LOL
🙂 Thank you! I’m just trying to look out for us.
very observant I will make sure my black girl friend follows this
Good, good! Stay safe out there!
i think I don’t want to live on this planet anymore, in fact I’m going to go put on my t-shirt that says so and promptly go parking with some aliens. Maybe I can persuade them to hit the big red button on the nonsense that is Earth these days.
On the 15th when I saw this, I would have thanked you, now that the whole story came out, I am angry at this girl, she is a liar.
Ummm” in that area she looks like a crackhead hooker. Only a Black woman on crack would be that thin.
This is a joke, right?? You must be out of your mind to actually believe this reasons you listed are valid? I realize this post is old, but that is just how dumb and ignorant it is.
Her blog is called the oreo experience for a reason… did you not pick up on the fact that most of her blog post are satire. And no she’s not serious…she’s pointing out the hypocrisy in blaming any black person for being arrested simply for making out with your boyfriend in a car. That’s why she’s pointing out her clothing etc because racist people often will blame black people for getting brutalized by police by pointing out what clothing they wear, what they were doing before they got arrested. Jump to conclusions and try to justify why the police brutality is okay… when it’s not. That’s what this post is about… a satirical look at how people try to justify police brutality by using respectability politics(dress/behaviour codes) for black people.
Curious why both the Male and Female involved were not both arrested? Unless that what actually happened.