So I am sat in bed this morning on my tablet and I am flicking through the BBC News app, mainly just to see what Kim Jung Un or Donald Trump have said and if this will result in war!
I scroll down and I see this article or rather video! (Click image for link)
I have to say that I was shocked, a little upset by what was being said or rather at the finger pointing!
Basically the woman in the video is saying that using a gif that has a black person in is the equivalent of modern day blackface and in case you don’t know what that is, when I was a kid there was a TV show called the Black & White Minstrels, well if memory serves me right. In this show, white men would black there faces and, well basically put on a show. The 70’s was a very inappropriate decade when it came to TV!
This also goes for using a thumbs up or whatever emoji that has dark skin if you are white.
Now I am not racist, well I thought I wasn’t!
As far as I am concerned, Race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, whatever it may be, I don’t care..I Just care whether or not people are nice, if they are kind and that is all that matters to me!
But, according to the woman in this video, I am in fact racist and it came as a shock.
I have started using gif’s, I love using them as replies and often I am in fits of laughter as I do so. The other day my daughter and I were replying using the Gif’s from the film Mean Girls and people must have thought we were mad. I have used a Gif that was a shocked face and that face happened to be black, but not chosen because of the colour of the skin, but because the exaggerated emotion fitted the reply I wanted.
So what do you think?
I think this is a bad piece from BBC news, this can only cause further issues and in fact maybe be the cause of racist arguments and comments. By the way, any racist or foul comments will be removed if they appear on here, or rather they won’t be approved.
Also does this finger pointing only work in one direction. We have been watching Orange is the New Black and in the programme two black women Tasty and Washington do impressions of posh white women and it is funny and they are very good, but would it be funny if two white women did impressions of black women, would the comment boards be red hot with angry comments?
I don’t think we should be looking for problems in every part of life, yes we should stamp down hard on racism but I am unsure if this fits into that category and I am not saying that to be argumentative.
Why should we now worry when posting emojis and gif’s, by making people look at the colour of skin when making a decision on an emoji or a gif is actually making people look at race and the differences and so therefore making race an issue.
I m disabled, I am a wheelchair user and people slip up. They say things like “do you fancy going for a walk?”, I know what they mean but I don’t make an issue out of it. “ARRGGGHHHH THATS WRONG TO SAY!” is not how I reply, because we can’t be picking people up on every single thing, making people tip toe through life scared that if they mess up, they will be branded an ‘ist’ of some kind and we all know that can get out of hand on social media.
Is it wrong for me to use a gif of a black person?