Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Beyonce and the "Roboho" costume

I stayed up past midnight last night listening to the shout-out between the Rev. Al Sharpton and Harvey Levin of the celebrity gossip site on Fox News concerning TMZ's describing the costume that Beyonce wore at the BET 2007 Fashion Awards show last month as "Roboho." The Rev. Al thought that the term was demeaning and racist; Harvey Levin said it was all in good fun.

What was missed in this whole shout-out was the similarity of Beyonce's costume to that of the female robot in the 1927 film classic Metropolis.

Madonna riffed on Metropolis for her video Respect Yourself.

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