Monday, March 8, 2010

Crime Detective: The Classic 'White Woman in Peril'

The US media is as exploitative as ever. I'm shocked that words like "racket" have gone out of style. It's such an over-the-top, cheesetastic word. You'd think we'd be hearing about different "rackets" all the time.

And the whole "white woman in peril thing." Sometimes I wish the media would just be honest. We know you're obsessed with missing white women, why don't you just acknowledge your little fetish, media? Can you imagine a newscaster saying, "In today's news, yet another missing white woman. Everyone knows we love a good missing white woman story. Of course, a missing woman can't just be a woman, she's gotta be attractive too (or at least a 6 out of 10) and don't forget the most important part, WHITE."

Anyway, I know all this commentary is tangential to the "Crime Detective" shown. I just think it's interesting to contrast over-the-top media of the past with our over-the-top media. I think if you're going to be over-the-top, you should take it all the way and not try to pretend you're something you're not. The headline on the front of the "Crime Detective" should be "Please no! Don't hurt this poor, attractive, white woman!"


  1. Yeah, I've been hating on the whole white women in peril thing for many years. To hell with women of color, it's all about the white chicks. Frankly, some of them don't need to be rescued from what ever peril they're facing.

  2. "Please no! Don't hurt this poor, attractive, white woman!"

    The converse being, if you want to hurt somethin', hurt an attractive, young, white femme....:)

    (j-k. I hear you, Miss FP. When the abducted girls are from the 'hood...or barrio... no one pays attention, at least in the media biz)

  3. Very good point, J. That's very true.

    Doc Monkey- I'm reminded of the "missing white woman" who ran away from her wedding and wasted $50,000 of gov money.