Funky Dineva May Have Apologized For Calling Blue Ivy Ugly, But The Sting Remains For Black Girls

December 11, 2018  |  

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Funky Dineva might have had his wig on a bit too tight during a recent Queens Supreme Court live show when he decided it would be a hilarious idea to publicly mock a child; that child being Blue Ivy.

There was no order in the court as TS Madison brought The Seat to Washington D.C. on November 12. Assisting her on the bench were Tiffany Pollard (aka New York) and Dineva, who was in rare form as he flung shade from one side of the venue to the other. He even hit New York, TS, and TS’s mama with it. There were moments where he rubbed the crowd the wrong way, but he really hit a sour note when he blatantly called Blue Ivy ugly. He played the remark for laughs and claimed he meant it as a joke, but it was hard for me to see the humor in that moment. Here was a grown Black men trying to get a laugh by hoisting a little Black girl up for ridicule.

Most people agree that children are off limits, but there are special sensitivities to consider when it comes to young Black girls. Little Black girls are told every day in countless ways that they are not beautiful, they are not special, they are not loved, and they are not valued. And when they are treated as such, they don’t get the same protections that other children are afforded, if not guaranteed.

We know that girls can start experiencing insecurities about their bodies as early as nine years old. Unfortunately, Black girls are often left out of the equation when it comes to helping adolescents cope with matters of self-esteem and confidence. A 2017 study published by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality titled “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood,” found that when compared to white girls their same age, Black girls were perceived to be less in need of comfort, support, nurturing, and protection. While that finding isn’t surprising and is, sadly, expected, it’s one thing for society to refuse to treat Black girls with care. However, the sting burns a bit deeper when the mistreatment comes from a member of our own community — a fellow marginalized member of our own community.

Blue Ivy, especially, has been the target of negative commentary about her appearance since the day Beyoncé allowed us to lay eyes on her. Remember the 2014 petition launched online to get Beyoncé to comb her hair? That was supposed to be a “joke” too. Blue Ivy was 2 years old at the time. Jasmine Toliver, the Black woman who started the petition, was a full grown adult. It’s likely many of the 5,000-plus petition supporters were as well. Just like Toliver, the laugh Funky Dineva thought he stood to gain from throwing shade was more important than any potential hurt or self-doubt he could cause to a child. While Blue will probably be just fine, a lot of girls that look like her may never be able to shake this type of negativity.

For what it’s worth, Funky Dineva has since apologized for his off-color comments. And the YouTube star made sure his apology was just as loud as his joke; however it should have come a lot sooner. The incident happened November 12, yet it took him until December 3 to own up to his wrongdoing, only at the urging of a deserved Internet dragging. We can’t help but ask what took so long. Or rather, would he have apologized at all if he hadn’t been shamed into doing so? Let’s not forget, this isn’t his first time using the Black female as a punchline.


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