Awkward really isn’t the word to describe some of the responses Issa Rae, creator of the Awkward Black Girl web series, received in response to her Shorty Award win the other night. Ignorant might be more applicable.
Shorty Awards recognize the best in social web across all forms of media from Twitter to Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube, and when ABG won for best webshow, some weren’t too happy that a black woman took the top prize and tweeted things like this:
Another person wrote, “of course the black one wins. F*** the Shorty Awards,” while another tweeter suggested the win was “#Fixed PC bulls***” because at the time voting closed, another runner in the competition, Anthony Cumia, was reportedly in the lead.
As you can see, Issa brushed the race hate off her back and celebrated the victory as it was supposed to be, but this situation along with the backlash to The Hunger Games this weekend is really starting to make me question the idea of preferring to know someone is racist outright versus wanting them to keep their hate to themselves.
For now I’ll just let Issa’s words comfort me while I contemplate this foolishness: “Racists haaaaaate me, I’m on my OJ. #ABGNation”
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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