Sunday, April 5, 2009
Shades of mii
Recently my man-friend and his squad (a.k.a his 3 children) were at my house. We decided to play wii and started by creating our mii profiles. I had already created mine. She was..well representative of me or at least how I wanted to be. My mii was the chocolate brown ,slim, mole having, hair fly,funky-fresh glasses wearing diva that I hope to be. Back to the original story, man friend’s baby girl got to go first and this is the conversation that ensued while she was creating her mii.
Baby girl: Oh, I like this one.
Me: Ummmm, are you going to make her a little darker and change her hair color? You’re not white and you don’t have yellow hair.
Baby girl: NO, I like her this way.
Me: But I thought our mii’s were supposed to look like us. She doesn’t look like you.
Baby girl: I don’t want to change her. Daddy, do I have to change her?
Man Friend: No, sweetie, you don’t have to change her. She’s fine.
Me: Oops, I’m sorry. I guess I just thought that mii’s should look like us.
So baby girl’s mii stayed peach with yellow hair. Now, as a black woman, I am very concerned about baby girl’s self image. She is surrounded by mostly black people however she absolutely adores Hannah Montana. Since she is only 6 years old, I’m concerned that she might not like her color and wishes she was white. Tell me what you think, am I overreacting or do I need to expose baby girl to more woman of color?