According to cable movie channel Showtime, having dark skin is a “genetic abnormality.” The network in promoting the movie Skin to audiences visiting their Website described the movie in the following terms-
“Thanks to a genetic abnormality, a dark-skinned woman born to white parents in 1950s South Africa must content with prejudice, a racist political system, and even a lack of acceptance from her own father.”
The movie tells the true story of Sandra Laing, a black South African woman born to Afrikaaner parents (at least one of which was probably passing as white) during the racist, apartheid regime. Ms. Laing’s story demonstrates that outward appearance does not always conclusively proves one’s race – but for CBS-owned Showtime to regard the presence of African ancestry in a “European” family as a genetic abnormality is as preposterous as it is an insult to millions of African-descended people worldwide.
The film was promoted at festivals and on television stations in Africa, Australia, Italy and elsewhere, but Showtime is the only place featuring the film that has described Ms. Laing’s dark skin as a “genetic abnormality.”
Learn more about Sandra Laing’s background here.