We were pretty stoked to learn that Michelle Obama attended BET’s Black Girls Rock event last weekend. However, we also realized that it would only be a matter of time before the backlash ensued. Last year, #whitegirlsrock was trending on Twitter during the broadcast of the event, so you can imagine how salty folks were this year when the First Lady of the United States was in the building.
Most of the complaints were left on Mrs. O’s Instagram page after her Personal Aide Kristin Jones announced that she would be taking over the account from the event Saturday.
“I am all for the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, I just don’t see how alienating an oppressed group i.e. women by focusing on a subset of that group, helps anyone,” wrote one commenter.
“If a white person posted this and it said white girls rock…the sh-t would hit the fan,” wrote another.
“Black Girls Rock is leaving out all other girls of color. Brown is a color, yellow is a color, red is a color and yes, white is still a color. One day racism will end because we no longer NOTICE the color of our fellow human beings. ALL girls rock,” someone else chimed in.
Of course, there were also plenty of Instagram users who were vocal about their support of Lady O’s participation in the movement.
“To all my fellow white women: Why is uplifting our sisters of color a bad thing for us, exactly? Go read the news, see a movie, or watch TV, and look at the stereotypes of African Americans still face, especially young women. This group of ladies need to know that that image is not their reality #BlackGirlsRock,” a commenter expressed.
So far, Mrs. Obama’s administration team has not commented on the backlash.
Are you surprised by any of this?