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Blackfishing: Why It Isn't Cool To Put Make Up On A Darker Skin Tone

Shirin David did it, as did Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea even built her entire career on this foundation:Blackfishing is a practice from pop culture in which white people stage themselves as Persons of Color using make-up, a solarium, tanning spray or body modification. Non-white attributes flow into stage shows, music videos or Instagram appearances. They become an accessory and a best seller at the same time and can be put on and taken off like a costume, depending on your preference and market value.

Black women and women of color are sexualized by reducing them to their external appearance. Their appearance is appropriated, regardless of the real problems such as racism and discrimination that they are confronted with in their living environment.

Is that still make-up or is it already blackface?

In contrast to the Blackfacing, a racist practice in which white people disguise themselves as black people using facial paint and often mock them or flaunt them stereotypically, we see ourselves at Blackfishing confronted with a subtle form of cultural appropriation. The British online magazine The tab describes it as an act usually emanating from white women who try to make their demeanor appear to be Mixed race, so would have at least one non-white family strand. The result is often a darker complexion, as well as the modification of a body part that is read as a stereotype black or Latinx, such as fuller lips or distinctive curves.

The process described as well as the change towards an increasingly darker phenotype has more than amazed many fans in recent years. Like Ariana Grande, an American singer with Italian roots who has long been mistaken for Latinx by her fans, influencer Emma Hallberg also excites with one BlackfishingCharge attention. After a follower from her community discovered older images, Emma justified herself by never claiming to be not white. If you take a look at her Instagram channel, however, you will see a young woman with developing dark skin and long curly brown hair. It is not far from the assumption to scroll through the profile of a WoC, a Woman of Color.

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Ethnicity is not a trend

Five shades darker, the right accessories and the perfect staging in music videos and social media: What visual codes are pop cultural creations after Black Culture make it look? While skin colors are explicit, you have to take a closer look to find out what the productions of Shirin David, Iggy Azalea or Ariana Grande are based on. Twerking, expensive cars, tons of coal, jewelry and bare skin: attributes that are sometimes known from hip-hop videos are increasingly appearing in the musicians mentioned and are formative for the perception of their fans.

While non-white people struggle every day with the real conditions of a racially socialized society, staged ethnicity acts like a song of mockery on the realities of black people and people of color. Similar to debates about the appropriation of hairstyles and items of clothing, many accessories or styles are coded, reality-creating variables for BPoC and not part of currents or trends. This means that cornrows or Afros, for example, are relevant cultural assets, while they are often discredited by a white majority society if they come from black people. What belongs to a marketing strategy for famous personalities and is part of a stylistic episode becomes popular through their performance and reproduced by the recipients.

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At the limit of cultural appropriation

Jens Kastner refers in Deutschlandfunk and the definition of cultural appropriation on the title of the book Everything But The Burden by Greg Tate. In other words: White people make use of everything, take over, imitate, copy - without having to bear the burden, in this case discrimination and racism. As for skin colors, imitating, approximating or imitating them, the case is clear. But how do we deal with less clear-cut attributes? Who owns certain fashionable creations, hairstyles or even tattoos and piercings?

The answer here is more cautious and still incomplete: Careful treatment of all cultures is a prerequisite for non-discriminatory and respectful interaction with one another. In addition, a constant examination of relevant developments and discourses. Who, as a white person, likes Locks want to wear and insist on the hairstyle, should not only find out more and do research. It is always worthwhile to look for a business that is run by people from an appropriate community. Simply for trying to get out of the Appropriation a Appreciation, so to make appreciation. Spending money on certain things in the right places would be a start here, for example.