After looking over the list of English expressions that include the word “Dutch,” I feel like I have to give the Dutch a little leeway when they use English. At least, that’s what I decided after I saw a post that Dutch site Style Today did about my swear rings (and Topshop’s similar design).
“Alleen voor stoere ghetto chicks of voor elke fashionista een musthave?”
According to Google Translate, the sentence means, “Only for tough ghetto chicks or a must-have for every fashionista?” I read “ghetto” as racist at first, but it’s nothing compared to “niggabitch,” which is what Dutch magazine Jackie called pop star Rihanna last year. (Rihanna didn’t appreciate that language and Jackie’s editor resigned over the incident.) “Tough ghetto chicks” is keeping it classy, relatively speaking. So, even though I grew up on the mean streets of Mahwah, N.J., I’m not going to ask y’all to “hold my earrings, please” while I give some Dutch person a Jersey Shore-style beatdown.
When I see tacky/offensive fashion, it would never occur to me to call it “ghetto.” To me, it’s “very Jersey Shore” or “Jersey mall-rat,” but I’m from New Jersey, so I can say those things. Don’t go there if you haven’t lived my pain.
The Style Today post reminded me that although I tweeted and Facebooked my thanks last week, but I didn’t blog that InStyle contributing editor Marion Fasel featured my swear rings in the “We’re Obsessed” section of InStyle.com.
I bet Marion is now kicking herself for calling the rings “fun and funky” instead of “ghetto”!
UPDATED TO ADD: Maybe this story originated with the Dutch version of Grazia. Its post, dated the day before Style Today’s, asks if the rings are “hip or horror” and whether they’re best suited to what Google Translate says are “the tough chicks from the street.” Both stories use the photo of gorgeous blogger Queen Michelle’s hand, but Grazia doesn’t use the word “ghetto.” All I know for sure is that the bad bitches in the Netherlands are going to be desperate for these rings thanks to all this coverage. Not to worry, Dutch wimmins! I do ship internationally. Email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com to discuss international shipping options.