The Olympics in Brazil this past summer was a huge success for gymnast Simone Biles. Biles was the Olympic individual all-around,vault and floor gold medalist. I’m sure she was in inspiration to many young black girls around the world. But she said something this past summer that I found a bit disturbing. Something that should go in the buffoonery category. When she was asked who she would like to play her in a biopic about her life…she said biracial actress Zendaya Coleman. Why? She looks nothing like Zendaya.
Why would a dark skinned girl want a biracial woman to play her? This makes no sense to me. But the crazy part is you have black girls who actually agree with her. This smells like self hatred(anti-blackness) to me. This is the type of colorism no one wants to address. And shows the problem of wanting biracial woman to represent black beauty. This shows me the type of mentality that Biles must have. She must have a very poor self image to want a woman that looks nothing like her to be in her biopic. If she was truly proud of her appearance and self image she would’ve said actresses like Keke Palmer or Imani Hakim. This is a bad reflection on Biles for saying this.
And if that wasn’t bad enough,this past summer she announced that her celeb crush was actor Zac Efron. Zac Efron??? Are you serious Simone? Efron even flew down to Rio to meet her during the Olympics. Isn’t that sweet? This girl is so lost. I realize that she’s only nineteen years old. She’s still a young woman. Hopefully as she gets older she will become wiser and realize the error of her ways. Until then,she’s in the buffoonery category.