Did you know that the movie White Chicks doesn't star a white chick? It doesn't even star a black chick acting like a white chick. It stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans in drag, impersonating white chicks.
I haven't seen the movie (clearly), but one day while putting my groceries on the conveyor at Whole Foods, the clerk, after glancing at me, asked the bagger if she'd seen White Chicks. They then made some unintelligible comments about the film and laughed hysterically at me. I am now paranoid. This happened twice in one week with the same non-white checker and bagger. They were in such hysterics they couldn't talk to me and tried to hide it by turning their backs to me.
So, now I'm really paranoid. Yes, I'm tall and blonde but do I look like a 6 foot tall black man in white person's drag or am I just the personification of the women they were satirizing? Am I doing drag-queen things or just stereotypical white chick things? I'm sure the movie is a hoot, but did these women have to laugh at me in front of my face? Clearly I need to see the movie.
I know this is nothing compared to racism minorities have faced for centuries in the U.S. It was brief and felt very racist to me, but I can only imagine if that kind of attitude had prevented me from getting a job or kept me from earning equal pay. I would be an angry vigilante if racial comments turned into discrimination. But, I wasn't discriminated against, it was just two people poking fun at the way I looked or acted.
I wonder what would have happened if the tables were reversed? The year: 2006. White grocery store employees laughing at a black woman after seeing a movie called "Black Chicks" starring Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn. What would happen to employees like that? But, weren't these Whole Foods employees exactly the same as that? I think I under-reacted.
I should have said something to the clerk and bagger to let them know racism is not O.K. - in either direction.
If anyone can tell me what stereotypical white chick things were funny in this movie, I'd really appreciate it. I may end up being more humiliated, but I'd rather know why I was being laughed at for being a white chick.
Alix also blogs at www.mednauseum.blogspot.com, a blog devoted to research supporting dietary and environmental causes of chronic illness.