Kylie Jenner received a number of flak after using Snapchat’s latest blackface filter, which was said to be in appreciation of the late musical legend Bob Marley.
The 18-year-old “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star shared her own Snapchat video using the Bob Marley filter, which saw her with fake dreadlocked hair, multicolored beanie, and dark skin. The filter came out in April, or 4/20, a remarkable day in the legal use of marijuana. It can also be recalled that Bob Marley has been vocal in supporting the legalization of marijuana.
But Kylie Jenner drew flak when some said she is promoting racism, as it lets everyone who uses the app have a blackface.
A Snapchat rep clarified that the Bob Marley filter was in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate.
“It gives people a new way for people to share appreciation for Bob Marley and his music,” the spokesperson told The Guardians. “Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.”
Last year, Kylie Jenner was also accused of being a racist after she posed for a photo shoot with dark skin.
In a series of Instagram photos, the budding businesswoman wore pink hair, blue contact lenses, and glittered skin. The shoot was set-up with neon light which made her look life she has donned a blackface, The Daily Mail said in a report.
But Twitter users were quick to throw negative remarks about the reality star’s pictures.
She instead wrote in a tweet, “So just got the time to head on social media lol. The photographer used a black light & neon lights for those photos.”
She added, “Yes, In another world I wish I could have pink hair & blue eyes & covered in sparkles. But in this world I’m happy w the way God created me. Happy Easter everybody.”
Amid the outrage from Twitter users, Kylie decided to delete her captions and replaced them with, “This is a black light and neon lights people lets all calm down.”
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