Zoe Saldana: “Ethnic” Is The New N-Word

Published by Runteldat on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:00 am.

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FernGully 3 Avatar star Zoe Saldana is gracing the cover of the latest Glamour magazine and in her interview she touched on issues pertaining to race and life.

Judging from past quotes Zoe doesn’t like to really talk about race at length. When she was recently asked about the controversy surrounding the pale Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair she basically sideswiped the issue by talking about how great America was.

Yeah, ok.

Anyhow here’s an excerpt from her interview in the April 2010 edition of Glamour:

GLAMOUR: In past interviews, you’ve bristled on the topic of race. Why?

ZOË SALDANA: Because ethnic is a word that doesn’t exist in my vocabulary. In Hollywood, you hear things like, “Oh, they loved you but they want to go more traditional.” That’s the new N word. So when [someone says] I look “dark,” I say, “Dark compared to whom? This is just my skin.”

Maybe Tinker Bell will fly down from heaven and get everyone in this country to see Zoe’s philosophy.

In the meantime, here’s Zoe on what she’s looking more of in life:

“I want to have more sex, travel more, drink more wine and love life.”

So drunk sex on foreign soil? I’m with it.

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I have a agree about “ethnic” being the new N-word. I used to work for at the headquarters of an athletic retail franchise owner. One day, we had some vendors come into the office to discuss new items for the upcoming fall/winter – one of which was a new design of wool caps with the logo on them. So the owner is checking them out and makes a comment how a manager (who’s black) in one of our stores wears them all the time. How very “urban and ethnic” these kind of hats are. Now we all know that everyone and their mama wears wool caps. I’ve seen people of all colors – from the guys on the block to the men in business suits on Wall Street – wearing these same “urban and ethnic” hats. There were several other questionable comments that the owner and treasurer have said in my presence that made me do a double take. Needless to say, I made some calls to headhunters and got myself out of there quick, fast and in a hurry.



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Let’s just be real…we may have a ‘Black’ President, however, that doesn’t do much for the institutional racism that still exist in corporate America, non-profit organization, etc. The bottom line is that more often than not, the individuals making decisions to hire – albeit, actors in hollywood or the manager of a fortune 500 company the consensus usually means hire a ‘mainstream’ individual rather than ‘diversity’ (the other buzz word). Will this every change…maybe in 100 years!



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FDM Said on

Hey I agree with Zoe. I wish that things would change for us. Why does everything have to be about race when we all have the same color blood. Hopefully, we will get to that point where race won’t matter. I just hope it won’t be too late.



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