Gay Artist Reacts to ‘Black Woman Chair’ Controversy

Zhukova Dasha

A gay artist from Russia has responded to the controversy surrounding Garage magazine’s photo of a white, female editor-in-chief sitting on a “black woman” chair. Editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, Dasha Zhukova, sparked outrage on social media when the photo was posted on Jan. 20, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Many accused Zhokova of being racially insensitive.

NY-based Russian artist and gay activist Alexander Kargaltsev responded to the controversy with his own image of a “chair” featuring a white man on his back with his legs in the air. Do not click the link if you are offended by nudity.

Alexander Kargaltsev response to Black Woman Chair

In an email to Out There Magazine, Kargaltsev said:

[I]t deeply saddens me to see that racism is now being glamorized and thus made not only acceptable but trendy by the likes of Ms. Zhukova. My own composition reverses the visual injustice and offense perpetrated by that editorial and in a way restores the equality of genders, races, and sexual orientations. Sadly, I understand very well that my work will be seen by most Russians as provocative and inappropriate, while that repulsive image (published on Martin Luther King’s Day of all days in a year) will hardly make anyone over there shake their head.


29 Responses to “Gay Artist Reacts to ‘Black Woman Chair’ Controversy”

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    Its weird but im not offended. :shrugs:

    I may hv to try that position tho :tea:

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    weFukNorNah says:

    I’m offended at his balls sittin on the other man’s taint

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    Bird says:

    I never did see the racist angle to the chair. My biggest problem with it is that it’s ugly.

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    IsThisThingOn...Turn my Mic Byke On! :mad: says:

    :hide: not gonna look… might spoil my potato bacon soup :nono:
    (what it ill y’all? is it art or is it pr0n? :hide: )

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    Trendsetter says:


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    Bird says:

    The pic with the two guys is artist to me. Would I hang it in my house? Naw, but I would appreciate seeing it in someone else’s house that has no children under the age of 16.

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    Bird says:

    I meant to say artistic not artist.

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    Afiya says:

    I left something downstairs :tea:

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    Afiya says:

    It’s gay porn ITTO!!

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    Smonae says:

    It didnt seem racist to me, just seemed like someone was being creative.

    But them balls on display :shocked: move ya hand boy so we can see :hahaha:

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    IsThisThingOn...Turn my Mic Byke On! :mad: says:

    @Afiya, I’m so tickled about your post downstairs… I got tears… :crying1: I gotta go ‘powder my nose’ now… :rofl:

    Gasp! *clutches pearls* – Now I know I got to go… runs out of post hiding eyes and making sign of the cross! :hide: :nun:

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    MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:


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    Afiya says:

    So I’m trying to get in that Billion $$$$$ bracket contest. Gotta put my thinking cap on :thinking:

    :wave: <–Making it rain…at my bank :hahaha:

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    Smokie says:

    He just wanted to do that.

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    Bird says:

    Hey Smokie! Whoohoo! My boss is finally leaving. At least I get to cut out of here a few minutes early geez.

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    IsThisThingOn...Turn my Mic Byke On! :mad: says:

    …runs back in
    …refreshes w/caution

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    IsThisThingOn...Turn my Mic Byke On! :mad: says:

    Bye Taken :waves:

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    weFukNorNah says:

    Lol go on instagram and follow quintab lol

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    IsThisThingOn...Turn my Mic Byke On! :mad: says:

    rwilli, did you see my ‘take back’ downstairs? I kept my word… :kona:

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    weFukNorNah says:

    Nah I ain’t see it

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    IsThisThingOn...Turn my Mic Byke On! :mad: says:

    well :eek: then! :lol:

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    IsThisThingOn...Turn my Mic Byke On! :mad: says:

    never mind that, come upstairs…

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    Sunkissed404 says:

    I appreciate his art…I really do. But this photo doesn’t “undo” any injustice of the first pic…Although, I don’t really think that was his intent. If someone were to photograph a pic of a white woman being used as a chair, the photo would be more parallel.

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    pointhimout says:

    Is that Sweetie who used to work for Kim Zolciak? SMH. She has taken being an assistant to a new low.

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