The new phenomenon of planking has got everyone into it. But of course, someone has to pull the race card or the Debbie Downer to kill the party buzz. Here’s what entertainment blogger Courtney Luv said:
“I did a little research and it revealed that slaves were chained and attached to “plank” beds. They were forced to lay face down with their arms by their side and their wrist chained to their waist. Some were even stacked on top of each other with no room to move. Keep in mind there were not any restrooms and they were exposed to bodily fluids, etc. Not many of the slaves survived, many dying from dehydration and disease. You can’t always jump on the bandwagon just because you saw someone else. Everything has a hidden meaning. Cultural sensitivity is real. Yes, it maybe fun for now but it is an insult to some. Although “planking” wasn’t the official terminology used by slave masters it is still seen as an insult to some African Americans. I don’t know why and don’t have the answer! At the same token, it is seen as a core strengthening exercise to others. This is for you to decide.”
Gawker writer, Adrian Chen said, “Just goes to show the lengths that old people of all races will go to to squash the latest thing their kids are doing to freak them out. They already tried the “planking-is-dangerous” tactic, to no avail.”
Check out the buzz feed I’ve been following with enjoyment:
Xzibit isn’t feeling planking:
On the other side side of the spectrum – Rosario Dawson is planking.
Crooked I is planking.
Ronisha is planking.