A nightclub is under fire after having light vs. dark-skinned black women battling in a beauty pageant. The “Battle of the Complexions” was held in St. Louis this week, allowing light and dark-skinned women to compete to see which is most attractive.
“This is the most debatable topic of the year, whats the sexiest skin complexion?? So ladies come out & lets settle this!!” said local organizer, Mack TV.
The event, held on Martin Luther King Drive, told contestants to “cum out & rep either team-lite, team-caramel or team-dark.”
Adolphus Pruitt, president of the St. Louis branch of the NAACP, said that the event “raises the same sort of hair on the back of people’s necks like me and some other folks.”
“Folks who buy into it, support it, feed into it, they’re just assuring that using race – using the skin complexion of women, devaluating women and things of this nature – is going to continue to happen, because as long as people spend money to take advantage of it, somebody’s going to use it as a promotional tool.”
Mack TV and another promoter of the event, “Nelly Da’Celeb,” says that the event was held to celebrate Black History Month.
“Some guys will say, ‘I don’t like talking to dark-skinned girls,’ or, you know, some girls will say. ‘I don’t like talking to dark-skinned guys,’” Houston said.
The statement didn’t do much to slow down the outrage on Facebook. One woman said, “The women, the men, and the promoters of this event are only doing much more to create a larger divide by skin color in an already too divided country. All involved are losers in my book.”