Black Girls Deserve Better: Journalists out of pocket comments about Blue Ivy cause backlash online
Here we go again.
Black girls can’t catch a break when it comes to their looks as evidenced by two journalists who decided to attack Blue Ivy, a 7-year-old child, because she doesn’t have more European features.
In case you missed it, Megan Thee Stallion shared photos of Beyoncé, Blue Ivy and herself celebrating New Year’s Eve on Instagram, and it was the NYE gift that kept folks talking on social media.
Blue was looking like the newest member of Destiny’s Child, as sweet and as cute as ever with a big old smile and some missing baby teeth sharing in the photobooth fun.
However, Vanity Fair critic K. Austin Collins, a Black man mind you, as grown as can be, decided to attack baby Blue for looking more like her dad, writing in a since-deleted tweet, “I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her.”
There’s a danger in using his platform and voice to spread hate for a little Black girl’s features given that so many Black girls face the grim realities everyday that they will be hated for not having so-called “all-American beauty”. And because of it, they will be ostracized or mistreated or face greater odds to find success because of their looks. That’s a reality. Thankfully Blue Ivy’s got some powerful parents and no matter what an internet troll says, she’ll be just fine.
Then another grown-ass person, Violet Lucca, web editor for Harper’s Magazine, chimed in and added: “Or she’ll just get plastic surgery at 16 a la Kylie Jenner and we’ll all have to pretend that she always looked that way…I can’t allow myself to feel too sorry for the incredibly rich!”
Lucca also deleted her tweet.
Of course the two caught the sting of the Beehive, Beyonce’s fanbase that stung them with a barrage of comments about publicly criticizing a Black child and hanging her out to dry.
After their tweets went viral and caused a firestorm on social media, both journalists apologized as expected.
“I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls in particular deserve better,” Collins tweeted. When a person called him out, he replied, “No, you’re right. Poor form on my end. Thanks all for calling it out.”
Lucca, a white woman gave a backhanded apology.
“Sorry I was cleaning my apartment while this blew up,” she said to a Twitter user. “children of famous ought to be off limits, but time and again they haven’t been. So I said something petty and have been called ugly, old, and a racist.”
She added in a follow-up tweet, “I’m not playing the victim…sorry that I insulted Beyoncé’s daughter by suggesting that she might get plastic surgery some day, like many children of famous people do.”
That is truly some clown behavior to come for a child and then offer up a half-ass apology still justifying why she said it. Black girls don’t need to be held up to unrealistic beauty standards or led to believe that their beauty is unacceptable. Our Black girls already face emotional trauma from childhood that follows them into adulthood. According to Education Post,
- Black girls are overly disciplined in schools.
- Black girls and women are the fastest-growing demographic of prisoners.
- Black girls and women are the least likely to see any justice for sexual abuse.
- Black women still have the largest wage discrepancies both by race and gender.
- Black transgender women face staggering rates of violence and murder.
This is exactly the reason why I co-founded Brown Girl Magic because of the hate my daughter faced about her looks.
Do our Black girls really need the messaging that they have to alter their face or bodies to fit in because they are too ugly to just be? No.
Black girls are MAGIC.
Grown people need to do better when it comes to the babies.
Kia Morgan Smith, Founder of Keekeeing with Kia.
In no particular order, I’m a writer, a mom, wife, cupcake slayer, an outspoken activist and cultural critic. I’m a Philly girl who has made Georgia my home, but I’m no Georgia peach. I’ve got a flair for being funny, witty and a deep desire to one day DJ a party for the people. I love hip-hop and can’t nobody make me feel differently about it.