Sep 22, 2009

 
Today is a very slow news day, but I saw this over at Essence.com and thought I should share it since arguably Ms. Rowell had on the outfit that was most talked about.  Here is what she told Essence about her decision to wear the dress:
 
Yesterday, the opportunity presented itself. Lights, camera, and no health care action?' Setting the ruffles and caviar dreams aside is but a meager gesture to echo the herculean efforts of a health care reform package long overdue and one which President Obama is introducing for all Americans," Rowell told ESSENCE.com. "I spent 18 years in foster care, enduring inadequate health and dental care and unforgivably turned away more than once at a doctor's office. Nationally, 25,000 foster youth annually emancipate from foster care without health coverage," says Rowell. "I emerged from Washington, D.C. Health and Human Services as a proud American citizen—an advocate not a victim."

Rowell, who has always been politically active in her personal life and career,  also addressed Fox News' Glenn Beck's claims that President Obama's health care plan has conspiratorial ulterior motives. "Everything that is getting pushed through Congress, including this health care bill, is transforming America. And they are all driven by President Obama's thinking on one idea: reparations...," Glenn said. "[Obama's ] goal is creating a new America, a new model, a model that will settle old racial scores through new social justice."

"This has nothing to do with reparations, Mr. Beck, and everything to do with all things American," Rowell continued. "Health care shouldn't be divided or thought of as the young and some of us. I have witnessed Black and White foster mothers struggle to raise children, choosing food over medical needs. That does something to a child. At least it affected me most profoundly. And if a frock (on the Emmys red carpet) donned with the President's face sparks dialogue about health care, a life-and-death issue, so be it. I was taught, 'If you don't stand for something you'll lie down for anything.' "

So what do you think of Victoria's outfit?  Appropriate or Not?
 

 

3 comments:

  1. wow, love the response. While my initial reaction to the dress was skepticism, despite my liking the dress, I thougt it was abit inappropriate for the Emmies, but given the rationale, it made a statement and I applaud her for her bold stance and support of our new president.

    Not too mention, we've seen worse on the red carpet and this pales in comparison.

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  2. thanks victoria for continuing to speak out...i think we live live compartmentalized and fail to see the big picture...as dr. martin luther king, jr. said..."injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere" and if it is president's obama's mission to equalize the playing field for the haves and have nots...which doesn't equal to blacks against whites...why are the becks of the world upset about that? president obama didn't come from slavery and he was raised in a "white world"...he doesn't even have a connection with african americans on the front of reparations...his ancestors were not slaves here! wow, and these are the people that consider themselves smarter than anyone else.

    no place is off limits to pushing forward the dream of equality for everyone...whether it is the emmy's or the street corner!

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  3. so stupid of her,before obama won the elections she was all over about hilary clinton,she was among the ones who believed obama was not good enough,now she has turned to be pro-obama after he has worn the election,she never supported him from the start,she was on cnn talking for hilary clinton,please,she's just looking for publicity so she can return to the young and restless and there are people who don't want her back,her old cast mates.

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