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Earlier this week we reported about Leslie Jones enduring some pretty intense, racially motivated hate on Twitter. When we reported the story, Twitter had yet to take action, linking Leslie and others to their rules page. Which was, as you might imagine, not helpful.
But after more people spoke up about the issue and in defense of Leslie, they decided to take action.
One of the people who was tweeting hateful things about Jones was Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos, in addition to being a troll, is also the editor of the right-winged website Breitbart. Yesterday, Twitter permanently suspended his account and issued this statement in response.
“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Over the past 48 hours in particular, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of Tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension.
We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree. We are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to better allow us to identify and take faster action on abuse as it’s happening and prevent repeat offenders. We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted. We’ll provide more details on those changes in the coming weeks.”
Twitter said more than the language used, it was Yiannopoulos’ targeted abuse of a specific user that caused him to lose his privileges.
Naturally, Yiannopoulos issued a statement. Among other things, he said: “With the cowardly suspension of my account, Twitter has confirmed itself as a safe space for Muslim terrorists and Black Lives Matter extremists, but a no-go zone for conservatives.”
And then: “This is the end for Twitter. Anyone who cares about free speech has been sent a clear message: you’re not welcome on Twitter.”
It always amazes me the way people hide behind free speech. Yes, we all have free speech and can say whatever we want in this country. But that does not absolve any of us from the consequences of our speech. And I’m glad this is a lesson Yiannopoulos is learning.
As long as it took Leslie Jones to break into the mainstream consciousness, it’s sad that so much ugliness comes with it. First Leslie wrote about the fact that designers didn’t want to dress her. And now that Ghostbusters has been released into theaters, Twitter users have flooded her mentions with racist- fueled hate speech.
In an effort to expose these users and their hate speech, Leslie shared some of these tweets.
I just don’t understand pic.twitter.com/N9xWoXPttu
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
I’m exposing you suck mfs pic.twitter.com/WLzRzE92RV
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Exposing I hope y’all go after them like they going after me pic.twitter.com/ojK5FdIA0H
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Yep so sad these people have mothers and sisters and aunts. So fucking sickening pic.twitter.com/fEVLEgUfGh
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
She couldn’t understand where all the hate came from.
Ok I have been called Apes, sent pics of their asses,even got a pic with semen on my face. I’m tryin to figure out what human means. I’m out
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 18, 2016
Considering that these tweets were racist, hate speech, many users were asking Twitter to suspend these accounts for violating the site’s user terms. They issued this response.
“While we don’t comment on individual accounts, here’s an explainer on our content boundaries here…” and they linked to their rules page.
Leslie wrote this statement in a series of tweets.
It’s so sad. Most of these comments sound like they are from ignorant children. ‘I’m the source of AIDS?!’ WTF!! These people hate themselves. You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate. I mean, on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out. I don’t know how to feel. I’m numb. Actually numb. I see the words and pics and videos. Videos, y’all. Meaning people took time to spew hate. … Like no shame or compassion for human life. It scares the fuck out of me!
I used to wonder why some celebs don’t have Twitter accts. Now I know. You can’t be nice and communicate with fans ‘cause people crazy. As much as I love live-tweeting, posting the pics of awesome things that happen in this life I’ve been blessed with, I don’t know anymore.
As much as you want to think actors ain’t human, I want to give you something to think about. I work off pure passion for this game. I’m more human and real than you fucking think. I work my ass off. I’m not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love. I’ve never claimed to be better or special. I just try to do my job as best as I can. Isn’t that any of us, y’all? So yeah, this hurts me! It’s like when you think, OK, I’ve proven I’m worthy, then you get hit with a shovel of hated. I’m numb.
I mean, I know there is racism. But [am] I that naive to think that some things was changing? Yes, I was. We still live in a world where we have to say ‘black lives matter.’ I’m so tired of it. Why is this still a fight? I want to hate so bad, but I can’t because I know it doesn’t fix anything and just makes me sad. I’m not stupid to not know racism exists. And I know it will probably live on way after me. But we have to make people take responsibility, responsibility for the hate they spew. We have to stand up to it. Block [motherfuckers] but let them know they are racist and spewing hate. Stop saying, ‘Ignore them,’ or, ‘That’s just the way it is,’ ‘cause that’s bullshit. Everybody knows an asshole. Check them for their hate. Stop letting people get away with being ignorant. … Say something. Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones. … Be louder. I’m tired of everybody not believing they can change something. We are the people. We can change anything if we want.
I just am saddened today. Twitter, I understand you got free speech. I get it. But there has to be some guidelines when you let [hate] spread like that. You can see on the profiles that some of these people are crazy sick. It’s not enough to freeze [an] acct. They should be reported.
And for all the ‘don’t stoop to their level’ people, it’s way past that. So please have a seat. Don’t tell me how to react. ‘Cause I have every right to be offended and pissed.
… I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.
Later, Twitter issued a more in depth statement.
“This type of abusive behavior is not permitted on Twitter, and we’ve taken action on many of the accounts reported to us by both Leslie and others. We rely on people to report this type of behavior to us but we are continuing to invest heavily in improving our tools and enforcement systems to prevent this kind of abuse. We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues.”
In response, #LoveForLeslieJ was started by MarissaRei1, also known as T’Challa Black Girl.
— T’Challa Back Girl (@MarissaRei1) July 18, 2016
From there, director of Ghostbusters, Paul Feig picked it up. Celebrities like Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Loni Love, Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”), Margaret Cho and Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett tweeted in support of her.
I’ve written about this before but it seems that when it comes to Black people, the hate speech and racism directed against us isn’t taken as seriously. It’s so commonplace, so excepted people lump it in with “free speech.” I literally saw a girl on Facebook argue that it was freedom of speech that kept the Klan from being classified as a terrorist group. But the Black Panthers with their message of Black unity and economic empowerment was targeted by the FBI. It’s the reason why George Zimmerman was able to tweet a picture of the dead body of Trayvon Martin but when he uploaded images of his naked ex girlfriend, along with her phone number and e-mail address, that’s when they decided to take action.
Thankfully, enough people spoke up today to catch the social media site’s attention. But what about those Black women who don’t have the same following as Leslie Jones?
That’s the short answer to the question posed in the title for this post. The longer answer?
Social media is a minefield of opinions and Internet memes with facts and trolls dispersed throughout. It’s pretty much a gumbo of very little facts and a ton of hot takes. While it’s easy to navigate the day-to-day banter about everything from Donald Trump to Rich Homie Quan’s onstage flubs, when it comes to breaking news and events that spark outrage, sensitivity levels heighten, misinformation spreads, and it’s not so easy to keep the online peace.
For instance, during last week’s Dallas shootings, where five police officers were killed during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest, I tweeted a few words that could have easily been translated to “What did we expect?” I was emotional, hotheaded and didn’t mean to insinuate that I didn’t care about the lives of the police officers or their families. Had I left it up, it was only a matter of time before someone would have hopped in my mentions to assume I was somehow celebrating the death of cops. So before the update could even shimmy down my timeline, I quickly deleted it.
Now, deleting tweets (unless of course there’s a typo) is considered cowardice nowadays. Most often, I’m NeNe Leakes to the bullsh-t (“I said what I said!”), but when people are on edge, it’s almost impossible to tweet an opinion without someone taking your words out of context. Personally, I shy away from causing an online sparring match with some random as to not distract from what’s important. Like why Philando Castile didn’t make it home safely with his partner and her daughter. I also like making a clear point so my stance on an issue isn’t really up for debate. Folks like Bomani Jones and Jamilah Lemieux are A-1 troll slayers, who could’ve easily spent the evening of the Dallas shooting (and the next day) swatting at opposition. But for the majority of us, it’s best we stick to ignoring the white noise. It’s not good for your spirit anyway. When we’re grieving as a community over senseless violence, focus on processing the news and being reasonable, not arguing with some user with a Confederate flag avi. Unless someone wants to have a thoughtful debate, where you can either educate them or learn something, keeping a vague tweet or Facebook status on your page is not worth it.
We also live in an information age where spreading sensationalized fiction is much easier than digesting the cold, hard truth. It’s not just social media. Whatever is shared online spills over into the real world, so a falsity the size of a mustard seed can sprout into a viral headline if gone unchecked. For that reason, don’t post that outdated article (that you didn’t even read first) to your Facebook news feed. Also, don’t retweet some news you’re uncertain about (I still don’t believe these efforts to tie Micah Xavier Johnson to Black Lives Matter, but whatever). Make sure your news source is respected, unbiased and confirms its reports before sharing. Tip? Sources like the AP, Reuters, and the New York Times should be some of your first go-to outlets.
Lately, reports have been so emotionally taxing that we should all step away from these social apps anyway. Being constantly inundated with your friends’ opinions, community reactions, graphic images and press conferences is overwhelming. Some days, you just need to log out, binge-watch Power and take a breather. I mean, J.Lo is out here tweeting and deleting #AllLivesMatter crap, so know that anyone can play themselves on these social platforms. It’s in your best interest to be clear and know when to hold off on posting. But If you are dead set on joining the social media circle during these times, choose your platform wisely. To be honest, sometimes 140 characters are just not enough to explain your POV. Instead, take your full sermon to Facebook and Snapchat.
Don’t get it twisted, though. Monitoring your tweets isn’t to appease others or make others feel more comfortable. In fact, sometimes making people uncomfortable can be the best way to change one’s mindset. However, keeping your social in check ensures you’re not regretting what you type when emotions are high. It’s also about respecting others and being kind to yourself. Trust me, it’s a niceness, and one that’s appropriate in these moments when we’re all just completely fed up.
All in all, use your voice responsibly when discussing such touchy matters. Tweet intelligently, only share the facts, and file those inappropriate “too soon” jokes away for a later time (or the 10th of never).
We’ve already spoken in depth about the glasses struggle, but in case you didn’t fully grasp the depth of it, you have to check out the hilarious accounts from tweeters explaining exactly what it’s like #growingupwithglasses. It’s trending something serious. From dealing with fogged lenses to having people constantly ask to try your frames on, the annoyances always seemed terrible in the moment, but in retrospect, they were pretty hilarious. What was your experience growing up and needing to wear glasses all of the time? Now that you’re an adult, would you ever get LASIK? Consider all of these thoughts and more after flipping through the best of #growingupglasses as you get that post-holiday damn-I’m-back-at-work-and-don’t-want-to-be laugh you so desperately need.
#growingupwithglasses going to the eye doctor having to choose between 1 or 2, 3 or 4 & not knowing what to choose bc they look the same
— Araceli (@AraceliHeguia) July 2, 2016
Sunday night was a major one for the entertainment industry, as the BET Awards put on a show of epic proportions. From Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar’s striking “Freedom” performance to Bilal’s standing ovation-worthy Prince, there was tons of great, must-see moments.
However, it was Jesse Williams’ humanitarian award acceptance speech that took the cake as the most memorable moment of the night. It was also the most-Tweeted-about moment of the night as hashtags with the actor’s name and quotes from his speech filled timelines. According to Twitter, Williams’ Twitter follower’s quickly grew by 10% just overnight, ranking him with 123K.
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 27, 2016
Now, following his inspired acceptance speech, people are expressing their gratitude to the actor and activist using the hashtag #JesseWilliamsAppreciationDay. Continue scrolling to see what Twitter had to say this newly-appointed holiday.
— Adrienne Pegasus (@MissAP) June 27, 2016
We might as well name a street after him and make it official #JesseWilliamsAppreciationDay
— Monet B (@monet_iam) June 27, 2016
— Keysha (@WheresDaSpoon) June 27, 2016
— brooke sweet talker (@bmichelle_w) June 27, 2016
#JesseWilliamsAppreciationDay because he’s willing to risk his career to fight for racial injustice.
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) June 27, 2016
Last night, Nicki Minaj garnered quite a bit of attention on Twitter. It all started when the rapper tweeted about her new song with DJ Mustard and Jeremih.
Shortly, after Johnny, a fan, had a question for her.
I’m kind of offended that Nicki could tweet about a song but can’t acknowledge the shootings in Orlando. :////
— johnny (@jxhnnybxrrios) June 15, 2016
A few minutes later, Johnny upped the ante @ mentioning her to ask if she were going to speak up and out.
.@NICKIMINAJ you plan on tweeting about the tragedies that took place this past weekend orrrrrr?
— johnny (@jxhnnybxrrios) June 15, 2016
Nicki didn’t take too kindly to that. And while she had been following this fan before, once she saw the tweet she unfollowed.
Johnny took a screenshot and posted it on his Twitter page, drawing even more attention to the discussion.
While Nicki didn’t appreciate being called out, there were several people who supported Johnny’s question, asking why wouldn’t Nicki say anything about a tragedy directly affecting the community that so heavily supports her art and career. They even mentioned that since Nicki has been so vocal about so many other incidents, including being discriminated against by the VMAs, it’s odd that she would be so silent here.
Nicki’s involvement in the debate didn’t stop when she unfollowed Johnny. She then started liking the tweets of those who supported her, particularly someone who wrote: “I would unfollow someone too for telling me what/what not to tweet.”
Later, she responded directly to the criticism.
U bet ur bottom dollar. 😂😂😂God is sooooo good. Love u guys. Thank u😘😘😘😘😘😘 https://t.co/Wz4Owv5ajT
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) June 16, 2016
There are a few questions here. Should Nicki Minaj have addressed the Orlando shooting? Was the fan out of line for asking her to do so? And, what can we learn from this incident?
If you think about the history of Nicki Minaj’s career, you may remember that there was a time when people thought– and she herself even alluded to being gay or bisexual. Later, I read that the decision to promote her as a sometimey-lesbian was to help sell records. Kind of like her then-manager’s decision to change her last name from Maraj to Minaj. It makes one think of sex. And sex, ladies and gentlemen, sells. In an interview with Out magazine from 2010, Nicki admits that while she hated having to change her name, she went with it. And then, in an attempt to keep creepy men away from her, she started catering to her female fans, still selling sex.
She told Out,
“I started making it my business to say things that would empower women, like, ‘Where my bad bitches at?’ to let them know, ‘I’m here for you,’ ‘ she says. ‘Then, when I started going to the shows and it was nothing but girls, it was like, Did I go too far with embracing my girls? Because now they want to kiss and hug me.”
Then there were the lyrics.
“I’m not gay/but let’s be precise/‘cause if she pretty then watch it/‘cause I’mma be f*cking your wife.” – “Danny Glover”
“Excuse me little mama/But you could say I’m on duty/I’m lookin’ for a cutie/A real big o’ ghetto booty/I really like your kitty kat/And if you let me touch her/I know you’re not a bluffer/I’ll take you to go see” – “Little Freak”
“I only stop for pedestrians or a real, real bad lesbian.”– “Go Hard”
But during an interview with Black Men, Nicki Minaj wanted to set the record straight. “I don’t date women and I don’t have sex with women.”
Basically, she pretended to be gay or bisexual in order to generate buzz around her name. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the term is “Gay for Pay.” I don’t think it’s an exaggeration, considering she exploited the community, gained their loyalty and support to appear controversial, edgy and sell records. It’s similar to the ways in which networks like Fox and The WB padded their primetime lineups with Black shows to gain viewers back in the ’90’s, only to drop all of them and replace them with predominately White shows.
Still, should fans, gay and straight alike, be looking to Nicki Minaj as some type of leader or spokesperson in the LGBTQI community? Probably not. Nicki Minaj is an artist. Not a politician. And while some celebrities do a great job of entertaining us as well as raising awareness or speaking truth to power, (looking at you Jesse Williams), everyone can’t take up that mantle.
But, as some of her fans mentioned, it’s not like Nicki doesn’t speak out about any pressing issue, regarding a minority or disenfranchised group. Many of us remember how she sparked a national discussion after her video for “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for best choreography or video of the year at the Video Music Awards.
It just so happened that she was speaking out on behalf of herself and women who look like her, Black women with thickness. Point is, she’s not against using her platform. It just has to be for her personal gain…or to be messy.
We all remember the series of tweets, on several different occasions, about not only her breakup with Safaree but attacks on his character, the most recent one popping up just last month.
Still, I don’t think people should tell celebrities what they should tweet. I’m not about people trying to control or manipulate any woman’s voice. After all, that’s what happened with Nicki with the very name we call her by today. We can’t do things just because they will appease or appeal to other people. We all have free will. And if someone has to ask you to tweet about a tragedy, is it really sincere?
Many people wondered what a tweet from Nicki Minaj might have done. There were still 49 people who died as a result of that mass shooting. Her words wouldn’t change that. And that’s true. But, with her platform, you don’t know who her words might have reached, what type of encouragement and support they might have offered to one of her countless LGBTQI fans.
What this boy was doing with his tweet was the same thing Black folk do with Hip Hop and R&B artists, athletes, public figures and even the President of the United States, asking them to honor and support the people who have made their careers possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that. At the end of the day, Nicki Minaj doesn’t owe her fans anything. And they certainly don’t owe her their loyalty if they feel like she makes money from their identity and their community but won’t stand up for their issues. It’s exactly why Iggy Azalea, with her blaccent, was taken to task when she, after a string of murders of unarmed Black men and women by law enforcement, remained silent.
Things only got worse when she confirmed that the was unbothered by the attention her lack of response had garnered.
U bet ur bottom dollar. 😂😂😂God is sooooo good. Love u guys. Thank u😘😘😘😘😘😘 https://t.co/Wz4Owv5ajT
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) June 16, 2016
I can’t be the only one who thinks crying-laughing and kissy face emojis are a tad insensitive in reference to this discussion about the senseless loss of life.
If she weren’t going to issue a statement about the shooting, cosigning to being unbothered just seems unnecessary…and petty.
We really shouldn’t be surprised by any of it, honestly.
As of late, petty is a part of Nicki’s persona, particularly online. The only difference is, when it was directed at MTV, Safaree or Miley Cyrus, I’m willing to bet many of the same fans who are upset with her now, were chuckling and cosigning her behavior then. People have a tendency to celebrate foolishness until it hits them personally. Furthermore, if Nicki could publicly call a man she loved for over a decade a “poor excuse of a man,” we shouldn’t be surprised by what many are interpreting as a lack of support for the LGBTQI community. At the end of the day, Nicki Minaj is about Nicki Minaj. She was about herself when she alluded to being bisexual to get people talking about her. Though it was a valid discussion, she was about herself when she called out the VMAs. She was about herself when she used both her breakup and new relationship with Meek Mill to keep her name and face in the news. And she was certainly about herself when she rebuffed a question, unfollowed a fan, played petty, and posted emojis in a Twitter moment that could have either been completely ignored or turned into an opportunity for a real discussion.
Elle Varner is an exceptionally talented artist. But it’s not her vocals, guitar skills or even her song writing abilities that have had her trending on Twitter for the past two hours. Instead, it was an opinion she shared about appropriate dress for school-aged girls.
In the since-deleted Instagram post, Varner wrote this in response to a sign taped up somewhere.
Elle Varner is cancelled. Wow. pic.twitter.com/dL2ACN0UvQ
— Gloria (@hereweGLOagain) June 9, 2016
I’m not sure exactly why this particular post spread so fast but it did. And the dragging was swift. Elle Varner, as you can see from the Tweet above, was declared cancelled.
Since this is the first time Elle Varner has gotten this much attention in the social media space, she took the time to respond to the backlash.
Well folks…I tried to say something positive for my young Queens out there and it got taken in all different contexts.
— Elle Veezy (@ellevarner) June 9, 2016
And then later.
She also mentioned that she’d speak about this issue later in another venue.
I actually would prefer that she didn’t.
First, it seemed that Elle Varner looked at that sign and went completely left, missing the point all together. I’ve read her statement a few times now and I still can’t understand how we made the leap from girls in school to slut culture. No little girl is a slut. Even if a child is seeking to gain the attention of boys—or even [predatory] men, it says more about our society and the messages girls receive about how to attract a boy or man than it does about her own morals.
Furthermore, the point of the slut movement, she’s seeking to discredit, is that the way a woman dresses shouldn’t make her nothing more than a sex object in the eyes of a man. Women deserve respect regardless of attire. And a short skirt doesn’t mean that you’re loose or provocative. Clothes don’t speak to character in that way.
The point of this post is that a visible bra strap or a pair of short shorts shouldn’t exclude you from a day’s worth of learning. It sends the message that a boy potentially being distracted by your attire, takes precedence over your education. And that’s just not the case. His right to an education is no more important than a young lady’s.
To me, this is yet another example of the ways in which boys and then men are taught never to take responsibility for their actions. Elle Varner mentioned the “birds and the bees,” puberty and hormones and the natural attraction boys will feel toward their classmates. But as my father told me, when I was in middle school, these little boys will get an erection when the wind blows. It is natural. But we have a lot of natural urges that we have to learn to check and even suppress in order to be functioning members of society.
If young boys don’t learn to view women outside of the context of sex, when will they learn? It’s this type of attitude, the tendency to believe women exist only to fulfill a sexual pleasure that contributes to the campus rape epidemic. It’s the reason men cuss you out in the street— or kill you— when you don’t respond favorably to their advances. They feel entitled to you, your time, your attention, your body, and even your kindness, as a woman. For far too many men, a woman expressing her disinterest in being a part of his fantasy is like a machine malfunctioning, aggravating and useless.
Whether we know it or not, these behaviors are learned early. And instead of attempting to shame young girls for the implications behind their fashion choices, we should be teaching boys and men how to stop rationalizing their misogyny and change their thinking.
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I’ll never forget my cousin’s second wife. Though he’s on his fifth one now, it was the second one who taught me a valuable lesson. She was a very attractive woman, face always beat to the nines. And one evening, she was giving my aunt a tutorial on her makeup routine. As I watched her, I was shocked by the amount of foundation she put on. Layer, after layer. And then what took me all the way out was when she proceeded to cover my aunt’s entire neck. I was mortified. And I vowed then and there that I would never be the type of woman who was scared to leave the house without makeup. I’d never be the type of woman to cover my neck with foundation.
I’m glad I made the choice because in today’s society we’re so conditioned to seeing women fully beat and done up, that when she shows herself, naturally, as she was born, without makeup or a filter, people have all types of questions. Is she sick? Is she on drugs? What happened?!
And to me, that’s really a sad statement.
We saw that very thing in action this weekend with Keke Palmer. The young actress posted this picture on Snapchat.
She was talking about her love of tanning. But after it went live, someone took a screenshot and the image went viral on Twitter. But people weren’t talking about the tanning. They were talking about Keke. People said she’d “fallen off,” that she was “washed.” They said she looked older than her real age. Some suggested that she was on drugs. Someone even through the word ‘disgusting’ out there.
Thankfully there were those who came to her defense, including singer K Michelle.
Keke Palmer is beautiful, and some no-courage crusty asses scared to post their own makeup-free selfies gonna hate? pic.twitter.com/NAVLh0aR5L
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) May 21, 2016
Keke Palmer literally just took a selfie w/no makeup and is being accused of drugs. What kind of mental gymnastics are y’all trying today??!
— Dementor (@TheSassyPhoenix) May 21, 2016
@KekePalmer gets dragged on Twitter bc of a photo with no makeup, but let some girl with lighter skin do it and she gets praised
— drink some water (@ellistress) May 21, 2016
I’m glad somebody said it. I’m certainly not here to tell any woman how she should or shouldn’t dress or present herself to the world. But there is something wrong with people publicly shaming someone for their looks and suggesting that her natural appearance is wrong. It’s sentiments like this that keep the magazine industry photoshopping celebrities until they’re unrecognizable on their covers. It’s thoughts like this that make women, famous and not, scared to leave the house with a bare face, for fear that someone might hurl the same judgement they lodged at Keke onto them. Not to mention, women are the only ones who are taught to fix, adjust, enhance their natural selves when they step out of the house. Men can roll out of the bed with crust in their eyes, dirty, smelly balls, hair uncombed and be well-received.
And what’s even so hypocritical about it all is that the very same people who went in on this photo will be the same men telling women they like women natural, without makeup. It’s hard out here for us. So much so, you can’t even take a selfie sans a filter without people wanting to throw stones.
I’m sorry… what year is it? I could have sworn it was 2016, but judging by the response to Old Navy’s recent ad image on Twitter… we may actually be firmly entrenched in 1950 complete with all the delightfully ignorant hate and close-minded sensibilities. Watch out for the water hoses y’all.
Old Navy used models depicting an interracial family on one of their latest posts on Twitter and their website, and all the racists came out to show their e-asses. Comments ranged from mildly miffed to thoroughly disgusted. I refuse to repeat what was said, if you enjoy ignorance you can go check it out on Twitter for yourself. People were acting like Old Navy really did something to them:
My family and I will never step into an @OldNavy store again. This miscegenation junk is rammed down our throats from every direction.
— Cultural Combat (@CulturalCombat) April 29, 2016
I was shocked that the response was so vitriolic. Hello… it’s an ad. These are models that just met each other 20 minutes before the shot was taken. Get a grip, hatemongers. They’re not trying to sell “race-mixing”… they’re trying to sell clothes.
"When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression."
(For the life of me I can't find who coined this phrase, but wow.)
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 17, 2016
Then I remembered the intellect level we were dealing with…
Not sure why I was surprised, really. That Cheerios commercial a few years back got such horrific responses. You remember the one, with the adorable girl (biracial) talking to her mom (white) and then we see her father (Black) in the last scene? People lost their minds on that one. Cheerios had to disable comments wherever the video was posted.
My fellow interracially-attached folks clapped back this time though. It made me proud to see so many people who feel that love has no color representing their relationships in direct response to the haters. They flooded @Oldnavy/#OldNavy with their family photos, wedding photos, and it was beautiful to see love in all shades giving a big middle finger to the imbeciles. I personally enjoyed seeing the multi-generational photos of very mixed families, and older couples along with young interracial couples.
— Renee Swift McCain (@Reneeitchka) May 2, 2016
I used to not think anything of interracial couples. But now I like seeing other mixed race couples whether on TV, in an ad or in real life. Being married interracially, I’ve certainly dealt with my share of side-eye-worthy drama. I’ve dealt with comments about my kids, their coloring and features, my husband, the cowardly under-the-breath muffled comments, the looks of contempt/disgust and the staring…oh the incessant starting… ::sigh::
We face it now more than ever being in south Florida. I guess being NYC born and raised spoiled me. Experiences I’ve heard from other mixed-race couples like having to tell hostesses at restaurants “Yes, we’re together,” are now happening to us down here.
Happily, I haven’t dealt with such direct, brazenly-openly, hate-filled commentary like what was spewed forth toward Old Navy. (Except a couple times when my husband – the “White devil”- and I would walk by the Black Isrealites that set up shop on the streets of midtown Manhattan) I’m sure it’s because on the internet you’re “safe” to be as racist (and sexist, and homophobic, and Trump-supporting) as you want, without consequence.
I love me some social media, I mean as a professional blogger, it’s a huge part of how I earn a living… but social media really gives racist trolls a free pass to spray their stupid all over the rest of us. That, is not fair and in fact it’s dangerous.
I’m grown. I’ve been with my husband since I was 19-years-old. These comments don’t impact me too deeply other than with a bit of disgust and pity for the children of the person saying it. My concern with these twitter comments, is for the poisoning that these words can do to a curious young mind who has yet to really figure out where they stand on anything. My concern is for the nervous little 13-year-old kid with a crush on someone that’s a different color as they are or who wears a hijab, or is the same gender.
It would be a shame for some random tween to be googling for an Old Navy coupon and stumble upon the conversations surrounding the add and get sprayed with that kind of stupid.
My hats off to Old Navy for using models to portray an interracial family, though. They haven’t spoken out about the ad other than to say they’re proud of the message of “diversity and inclusion” and hey, why not? Interracial relationships are on the rise. Despite the attitudes and views of the trolls mentioned above, we are in 2016. It is completely okay, natural, beautiful, and as of 1967 – shout out to The Lovings – legal to date and marry outside of your race.
If you read Zola’s amazing Twitter story about her stripping trip gone wrong to Florida, you weren’t alone. Millions of Twitter users tuned in to hear this tale of ups and downs and near-death experiences. And when Zola’s fans heard that her real-life drama was turning into a movie directed by James Franco, we died all over again.
But Zola’s isn’t the only story that Twitter users can’t stop reading. From the woman who live-Tweeted a miscarriage to the story of Big Donk Susan, these Twitter stories kept readers scrolling and laughing all the way until the end. Get ready to settle in for a wild ride of amazing Twitter stories from the short and crazy to the nearly unbelievable.
Just don’t read them at work unless laughing out loud is OK with your boss. Or maybe just forward everyone these stories so you can all have a post-work laugh together at these 140-character hits.