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15th Mar '16 3:51:01 AM BilgeRat
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* Similarly, on one episode of ''Series/Room101'' the guest wanted to banish celebrities who wear so much fake tan that they look like [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Oompa-Loompas]]. The host presented various photographs of such celebrities that the guest had to place on a color scale ranging from 1975 Music/MichaelJackson to 2005 Music/MichaelJackson.
10th Mar '16 12:54:15 PM MsChibi
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* Very common with cosmetics.
18th Feb '16 10:08:12 AM gallium
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* In ''Film/{{Hallelujah}}'', which had an all-black cast, Chick the MsFanservice character is called "high yellow" by a darker-skinned black man.
22nd Jan '16 2:53:19 AM CyberSkull
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* In ''Manga/{{Appleseed}} Deunan Knute is referred to having "café au lait" skin in the manga.

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* In ''Manga/{{Appleseed}} ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' Deunan Knute is referred to having "café au lait" skin in the manga.
21st Jan '16 10:12:01 PM CyberSkull
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* In ''Manga/{{Appleseed}} Deunan Knute is referred to having "café au lait" skin in the manga.
16th Jan '16 8:20:39 AM 10-13-2
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* Jewish comedienne Julia Gorin, who has a relatively swarthy complexion, has described herself as a "toasted Jew", and once complained that she fell into a sort of racial UncannyValley where's she's too dark to pass for a stereotypical blond beauty and too light to count as [[RaceFetish "exotic"]], so neither white men nor [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt black men who like white women find her sexually appealing]].

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* Cynical Jewish comedienne Julia Gorin, who has a relatively swarthy complexion, has described herself as a "toasted Jew", and once complained that she fell into a sort of racial UncannyValley where's she's too dark to pass for a stereotypical blond beauty and too light to count as [[RaceFetish "exotic"]], so neither white men nor [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt black men who like white women women]] find her sexually appealing]].appealing.
16th Jan '16 8:18:54 AM 10-13-2
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* Jewish comedienne Julia Gorin, who has a relatively swarthy complexion, has described herself as a "toasted Jew", and once complained that she fell into a sort of racial UncannyValley where's she's too dark to pass for a stereotypical blond beauty and too light to count as [[RaceFetish "exotic"]], so neither white men nor [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt black men who like white women find her sexually appealing]].
16th Jan '16 8:12:39 AM 10-13-2
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When describing the skin of a black person, just calling someone "black" is BeigeProse, it won't stick in the mind, and also incredibly inaccurate. The colors of "black" skin vary more - even more widely than the colors of "white" skin. You may find comparisons of "honey" or "caramel" for the range of golden-browns with the use of "chocolate" or "mocha" for darker shades. "White" skin is most often compared to "cream" or "milk," with "peaches and cream" a fairly common term to refer to a fair complexion with pinkish undertones, alongside non-food descriptors such as "ivory" and "alabaster." You may also encounter mixed-race characters who have "some cream in their coffee". ''Cafe au lait'' is another favorite, which resembles the look of coffee and milk.

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When describing the skin of a black person, just calling someone "black" is BeigeProse, it won't stick in the mind, and also incredibly inaccurate. The colors of "black" skin vary more - even more widely than the colors of "white" skin. You may find comparisons of "honey" or "caramel" for the range of golden-browns with the use of "chocolate" or "mocha" for darker shades. "White" skin is most often compared to "cream" or "milk," with "peaches and cream" a fairly common term to refer to a fair complexion with pinkish undertones, alongside non-food descriptors such as "ivory" and "alabaster." You may also encounter mixed-race characters who have "some cream in their coffee". ''Cafe au lait'' is another favorite, which resembles the look of coffee and milk.
milk. Occasionally other color metaphors will be used; some will be based on food and some will not.

This concept is more common in the United States than in most other English-speaking countries, both because of the USA's greater diversity and (somewhat paradoxically) its rigid color line. There are many Americans who are AmbiguouslyBrown enough that they won't be assigned to a clear-cut race. All too often, anyone who isn't a paler pinkish-yellow than a medium-rare pork chop (''especially'' if they were born into Islam or one of the "Eastern" religions, or do not speak English as their first and preferably only language) will not qualify as "white", instead being referred to as "olive" or "beige" or just plain "brown."
8th Jan '16 5:07:12 PM nombretomado
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* In his ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series SpiderRobinson references and expands upon the concept with the following speech, delivered by a drunken Irish Sidhe:

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* In his ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' series SpiderRobinson Creator/SpiderRobinson references and expands upon the concept with the following speech, delivered by a drunken Irish Sidhe:
23rd Sep '15 10:05:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used in ''{{Everworld}}'' when describing people in a city as being "from latte to espresso"- logical, since one of the characters actually works at a Starbucks.
* TamoraPierce does it more than once. In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' universe, Briar and Lark have "honey brown" skin and Daja and Frostpine have "dark chocolate" skin. The twins from ''Cold Fire'' are also described as having honey-brown skin.

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* Used in ''{{Everworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' when describing people in a city as being "from latte to espresso"- logical, since one of the characters actually works at a Starbucks.
* TamoraPierce Creator/TamoraPierce does it more than once. In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' universe, Briar and Lark have "honey brown" skin and Daja and Frostpine have "dark chocolate" skin. The twins from ''Cold Fire'' are also described as having honey-brown skin.



* Half-black, half-Japanese Hiro in ''SnowCrash'' has "cappucino" skin.
* In ''DocSidhe'' by AaronAllston, Ish (a princess of a South American tribe) is described as having 'coffee-with-cream' skin.
* Jasper Peavey in ''FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' is described as having 'coffee-with-cream' skin.

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* Half-black, half-Japanese Hiro in ''SnowCrash'' ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has "cappucino" skin.
* In ''DocSidhe'' ''Literature/DocSidhe'' by AaronAllston, Creator/AaronAllston, Ish (a princess of a South American tribe) is described as having 'coffee-with-cream' skin.
* Jasper Peavey in ''FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' ''Literature/FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'' is described as having 'coffee-with-cream' skin.



* Appears in ''[[WorldWar Homeward Bound]]'' by Creator/HarryTurtledove--as part of an IncrediblyLamePun, as it's used to describe a black military officer called Coffey.
* Hazel and her mother from ''{{The Heroes of Olympus}}'' are both described as having " skin like a roasted coffee bean,"
* Found in a lot of stories by WalterMosley

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* Appears in ''[[WorldWar ''[[Literature/WorldWar Homeward Bound]]'' by Creator/HarryTurtledove--as part of an IncrediblyLamePun, as it's used to describe a black military officer called Coffey.
* Hazel and her mother from ''{{The ''Literature/{{The Heroes of Olympus}}'' are both described as having " skin like a roasted coffee bean,"
* Found in a lot of stories by WalterMosleyCreator/WalterMosley



* In one episode of ''WillAndGrace,'' when Grace is about to dump a man played by Gregory Hines, Will wonders why, since not too long before, Grace was pouring milk in her cappuccino to show him what pretty colors their kids would be.

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* In one episode of ''WillAndGrace,'' ''Series/WillAndGrace,'' when Grace is about to dump a man played by Gregory Hines, Will wonders why, since not too long before, Grace was pouring milk in her cappuccino to show him what pretty colors their kids would be.
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