Kohl’s “Ghetto Fab” Error in Judgment

Here’s my second post in a row about hair, or more specifically, afros. Kohl’s has spent the last two hours apologizing for carrying this Halloween “Ghetto Fab Wig” over Twitter (latest message: “Corrective measures are being taken internally. We apologize for carrying an offensive item like this.”):

"Ghetto Fab Wig"

Kudos to Kohl’s for “getting it”. Before writing this post, I didn’t know that there are almost ten of the stores within a 20-mile radius of D.C. The wig is not carried in-store. Blogger Afrobella said:

I’ve been called oversensitive in the past before, because in general I’m not a fan of afro wigs. Because most often, the people I see wearing afro wigs – and dreadlock wigs, let’s not forget about those – are just looking to lampoon naturally textured black hair. And my hair isn’t a joke, a trend, a prop, or a costume. It’s real, it’s special, and it’s beautiful.

Afro wigs bother me, too, for the same reason. And speaking of “oversensitive”, I’m not a fan of the word “ghetto” as an adjective. It’s tactless, mean and even if you disagree with those two characterizations, it’s lazy.

  • HU2009

    I just can’t take how every year around this time we have a new battle over racial insensitivity. If we are truly post-racial or moving to being a post-racial , then why do we pick at our scabs and make them consistently bleed. Essentially, a post-racial society is one in which reverence is paid to the past and the struggles, while living a life in which they don’t inhibit individual growth. Making a joke out of it, is not necessarily the answer and does nothing to advance the cause.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thrilled to see your comment, on many levels. And I agree, Halloween is becoming an especially insensitive holiday. I almost compiled a list of unfortunate costumes (all of which had to do with race or class) but then I realized that on top of being offensive, most were “NSFW” or too risque to show pictures of!