Blue Ivy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 7-year-old daughter was attacked online by two adults, a Vanity Fair film critic and Harper’s web editor for having Black features.
K. Austin Collins, a male film critic at Vanity Fair, in a since-deleted tweet wrote:
“I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her.”
Violet Lucca, a web editor for Harper’s replied:
“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!”
Rightly so, the online bullies immediately were called out for their inappropriate comments, drawing attention to the plethora of wrongness, from racism to the fact that Blue Ivy is only 7 years old.
The racist and misogynistic tweets about Blue Ivy made by the Black male reporter and the White female reporter reminds me of a long quote from bell hooks. She said, "White women and Black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed.— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) January 2, 2020
🗣🗣🗣 Leave Black Girls Alone In 2020! Black features are beautiful. Black skin is beautiful. Leave Us Alone. keep your hatred to your damn self in this decade https://t.co/ZTYWlQ8IXC— Jodie (@MissJodie) January 2, 2020
It's not a bad joke. It's a sad, disgusting & irresponsible comment. U can be using your platform & voice for so much more and this is how you use it: to demean a child. Hateful words have meaning that will penetrate deeper than your apology.— Tracee Loran (@traceeloran) January 2, 2020
2020🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/0ItAShqR0a— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 1, 2020
Mikki Kendall, the author of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot, explained perfectly why their tweets are unacceptable:
After deleting their tweets, they apologised. But that does not change the fact that a Black man made a negative comment about common Black features on a Black child, whilst non-black people co-signed.
“I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls, in particular, deserve better,” Collins tweeted.