Misty Copeland was promoted from soloist to principal by the American Ballet Theatre. I can use just her citation filled Wikipedia for all of these points.
Progressive Bingo - Media Points
1. She is a non-Asian minority. Asian ballerinas are like Asian violinists, Asian Harvard applicants, and sexy, thin 4'10" Asian women = threats to SWPLs and upper middle class whites.
2. She is the first black principal dancer. OMG, media lovefest. Plus, being black, now you know why she became a Twitter trend. This will be the one time this decade blacks notice the ABT.
3. She does not look like stereotypical skinny twig ballet dancers.
4. She has been a self promoting machine for years now so she is very media friendly.
|I swear she is African-American|
Unmentionables - Sailer Points
1. Three performers were promoted to principal dancer, but she is the only one you're hearing about.
2. She is biracial. Take a look at her. If she had the end of her nose shaped by a surgeon, you'd ahem, never know. She could, dare I say, pass!
3. Black dad abandoned her and white mom was married at least 4 times and bounced around boyfriends for years. Stereotypes confirmed.
4. Sex sells. She pushes this 100%. The endorsement deal with Under Armour probably requires it.
5. Here's another "first" for blacks with a biracial kid taking the spot.
6. When was the last time the media went nuts over an ABT promotion? The Today Show even did a blurb on this.
7. Exception that proves the rule. Seventy five years with no black principals. Wonder why.
8. Media grooming. The media has been giving her publicity since she was a teenager. Not many 15 year olds have their child custody battle discussed in the LA Times. She started a bit late (age 13), but she is talented and had good PR even then.
9. Media attention as an adult. She wrote an autobiography about her "unlikely" path to becoming a ballerina, which if you stop for a moment and read the Wikipedia entry sounds like any normal woman who goes into ballet through studio classes with the added benefit of adoption by a dance focused couple. It's just that she is part black. Her autobiography has been optioned by Hollywood. She has appeared on network television on many occasions and in many different formats. She is going to have a reality "docuseries".
10. Have you paid attention to her blackness? She is super black. Like black black blackity black African-American.
|If my wife lays on the beach one day, she gets this dark|
Did she get the promotion due to some of that pigmentation? No. She is talented. There's a better question. If she had two white birth parents instead of one, would she get the same attention*? Jesus Christ no. To prove the point further, did the media report on the retired ballerina that was a principal for the incredibly uncommon span of twenty years, Julie Kent? Didn't think so.
*Darker question: Had she had two white parents would the black dance couple have adopted her?