The Midsommar May Queen (shangri__la) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
The Midsommar May Queen

Kristen Bell accused of glorifying colorblindness in kids book while playing biracial character

I regret to inform you all that Kristen Bell is at it again.

The Veronica Mars star has written a children's book, The World Needs More Purple People, about a purple person who looks for similarities before differences. She explained to the Associated Press:

"The world loves debate, I do, and debate talks about differences. It’s layering difference upon difference upon difference, ‘I think this’, ‘no, you should think this’, it’s just constantly pointing out divisive narratives. Our kids are absorbing all of that and maybe we needed a bit of a road map to show them that it’s actually great to start with similarities first.

She continued: “Hopefully that will allow kids to have a little bit more of a social identity and be able to see similarities and through that have their mind opened by some people who they thought were different.”

Kristen was promptly criticized on social media for writing "All Lives Matter: The Book," with people side eying the similarity to the phrase "I don’t care if you’re black, white, purple" (which is usually used to shut down conversations about racism).

This mess has come after Kristen participated in a tone deaf "I Take Responsibility" PSA. Kristen's reps have not responded to requests for comment.

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Tags: books / authors, kristen bell, pr training needed, race / racism, television

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