French Elle Ripped for 'Racist' Obama Comments

'Jazzy' family embraces 'white' and 'chic' fashion codes, says columnist
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2012 2:33 AM CST
French Elle Ripped for 'Racist' Obama Comments
The Obama family embraces "white" and "chic" fashion codes, writes a columnist for French Elle.   (AP Photo/Pete Souza, White House)

French Elle's outrageous "compliments" for the Obama family's "jazzy" style have sparked a race row. Finally, Elle gushes, the First Family is following "white fashion" codes. "Chic" has at last become a "plausible option" for a community until now pegged to "streetwear," writes columnist Nathalie Dolivo. As if that wasn't a big enough foot in the mouth, Dolivo adds that the "black-geosie" can always add "ethnic" touches from their "roots," such as a "batik-printed turban," to keep it real.

“The saddest thing is that this stupid journalist thought she was doing something positive for us,” a Fashion Bomb Daily reader notes. A stunned French Elle fan asks: “How, in 2012, in a France where there are at least three million blacks and mixed people, can you write such nonsense?" An editor says the article was misinterpreted. (Read more first family stories.)

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