Faceapp Outrage: Filters Allow Users to Appear in Whiteface, Blackface, Yellowface, and Indian

A corporate CEO unsuccessfully defends a fun little feature over SJW accusations that it’s racist.

Excerpt from Teen Vogue

“The ethnicity change filters have been designed to be equal in all aspects,” Goncharov said to Mic via email. “They don’t have any positive or negative connotations associated with them. They are even represented by the same icon. In addition to that, the list of those filters is shuffled for every photo, so each user sees them in a different order.”

Yet that isn’t entirely true, given that people of color are constantly met with racial biases simply for the color of their skin. The history of blackface and yellowface are both steeped in racism, and while blackface dates back to the early 19th century, forms of it are still pervasive in our society today. People and their features aren’t costumes and while celebs like Yara Shahidi have spoken out about how damaging blackface is, it seems that people still don’t get it. The last thing we need is another app that makes cultural appropriation possible with a single selfie.

This isn’t the first time that the internet has accused someone of blackface in 2017, and it’s frustrating that these issues keep happening. In July, beauty blogger Vika Shapel launched a “Chocolate Challenge” that essentially asked people to do blackface though masked it by saying it would be only to enhance “chocolate skin tones.” Kim Kardashian also received immense backlash after KKW Beauty released a makeup advertisement whose lighting made her skin look extremely dark. She pulled the images soon after, and told the New York Times, “Definitely I have learned from it.”

The more that SJWs pull this “racism” stuff the more angry many people are going to be. It’s a situation where the left constantly calls everyone racist in order to feel good about themselves and justify a radical remaking of society.

Once everything is racist, nothing is racist. We’re almost there.

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