Posts Tagged ‘Psychology Today’

Whoopi Goldberg says Satoshi Kanazawa should not be fired for saying Black Women are unattractive

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Today on The View it was announced that Satoshi Kanazawa, in addition to being fired by Psychology Today, has been asked to resign from the London School of Economics. I believe that this sends a strong message that we who have dual roles as both scholars and bloggers should never try to pass off our opinions as facts that have been backed up by research. I believe that Satoshi Kanazawa is entitled to express his opinions as to what kind of women he finds attractive or unattractive but I believe that when he tried to pass off his opinion as facts, and associated the “research” that he did with a world renowned Educational Institution (The London school of Economics) he crossed the line.

Whoopi Goldberg, on the other hand stated today, on The View, that she does not believe that he should have been fired. Being a comedian, she felt that sometimes she said things, while performing, that offended certain groups of people but she did not think that was grounds for being fired. My response to Whoopi is simple; we do not hold comedians to the standard that we hold people who are employed at respectable educational institutions!

Satoshi Kanazawa had the responsibility to add new knowledge to an existing body of knowledge-this is what research is. He failed…miserably!

The View’s Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg respond to Psychology Today’s apology

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Yesterday, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd of the popular daytime show, The View, responded to Psychology Today’s apology for publishing an article that reported that black women were the most unattractive women of any race. Satoshi Kanazawa, a self proclaimed ‘evolutionary psychologist’, posted the study entitled ‘Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women, But Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?’.

Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, while Sherri Shepherd, among other things, mentioned that she felt it was detrimental to young black women who may take the study as the truth about who they are. Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s main question was “why publish the study in the first place?”

I am of the opinion that this is yet another attack on the image of black women. It is up to us to consistently push back every single time that there is an attack of this kind. Just because these kinds of attacks have been going on for centuries, does not mean that we should allow them to continue. In fact, the very reason that we need to put an end to it is because it has been going on much too long.

Watch the clip of the women of The View at BlackVoices.com.