The last time we checked in on The Root (yesterday, to be exact), the site had just taken down for “editorial review” its post, “Evidence Shows Hackers Changed Votes in the 2016 Election But No One Will Admit It” — a post which of course had gone viral thanks to retweets from people like Donna Brazile and Seth Abramson.
We’d say The Root should stick to lighter topics — like the taste of La Croix and why “bougie black people” pretend to like it.
Imagine drinking water out of a glass that still has a little bit of soap in it… that's what La Croix tastes like and unfortunately bougie black people love it: https://t.co/WvnZTelRtS pic.twitter.com/F3LZTnr7ZX
— The Root (@TheRoot) July 28, 2018
Not as tasteless as the phrase "bougie black people". https://t.co/wvWdpBjmje
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) July 28, 2018
We’re really hoping this piece by Damon Young is tongue-in-cheek:
Although bougie black people have grown to be adaptable to all seasons, summertime is when they’re truly in their element. Between the numerous festivals, fests, day parties, block parties, clam bakes, fish fries, boat rides, and bottomless trap brunches occurring weekly in places BBP congregate, it provides them prime opportunity to see and be seen. Because what’s the point of protective styles for 11 months straight if you can’t wear your hair out for two weeks in July?
La Croix is a perpetual conundrum, as the presence of it at parties is the source of the greatest BBP-related mystery. By this point, everyone knows that, regardless of the “flavor,” it tastes like a hybrid of gentrification and erectile dysfunction. But when planning for gatherings and shopping for items, BBP still find a way to grab a case of La Croix.
We’re not going to vouch for the taste of La Croix, but we do wonder about the tastefulness of the term “bougie black people.” The always reliable Urban Dictionary defines “bougie” as “aspiring to be a higher class than one is,” and that seems to be the author’s real target.
Apparently, bougie black people can be found at “numerous festivals, fests, day parties, block parties, clam bakes, fish fries, boat rides, and bottomless trap brunches occurring weekly in places BBP congregate.” They sound like horrible people.
Imagine imposing your pretentious opinions on a specific race of people from a certain economic class. That's what @TheRoot tastes like.
— Joseph Lally (@jthomaslally) July 28, 2018
Is there anything left that’s NOT racist?
— Nick (@PatriotUSA2A) July 28, 2018
No. But now we want to know, what does La Croix really taste like? To black people, that is.
This is a garbage take. La Croix helped me beat my soda addiction.
— Hanik (@djhanik) July 28, 2018
Soda is literally killing the Black community…La Croix has helped ween me off soda.
— Gussthelawyer (@gussthelawyer) July 28, 2018
So basically the author is mad because they like high sugar kool aid or high fructose corn syrup in soda?
— Frank Espinoza (@toxiceceleb) July 28, 2018
Who are these black people you speak of?
— AdamHolmes (@Chocolataman) July 28, 2018
The LaCroix slander must stop. My non-boujie self loves it! It's refreshing AND I enjoy the subtle taste. Y'all trippin'. 😂 Our beach cooler was full of it this week.
— Kayla Mallett (@KaylaLMallett) July 28, 2018
I guess I'm bougie 😂
— the black Morticia (@Gothicblackchic) July 28, 2018
It’s bomb grapefruit is the best in my opinion but I am bougie so disclaimer
— young yanknasty (@yanknasty) July 28, 2018
Well I’m Bougie and I own it 🧐 AND I love Sparkling water… La Croix, San Pelligrino, Hell, I love club soda with a raise of lime or a slice of fruit. So do my Bougie kids and husband.. beats the hell out of Soda! 😉
— Liz Busy Bee (@Passengerside94) July 28, 2018
Why all this hate for a drink? Not everyone likes drinking stuff that has super intense flavors all the time.
— GlassCanon (@Fullmetalblack) July 28, 2018
Its such a great alternative to drinking soda. No sugar or sodium! If you hate the brand then just buy sparkling water (not mineral) and put your own fruit in it. Let’s not shame people for making choices that will literally translate to better health.
— Fernanda (@Maudymouse) July 28, 2018
Why should people prefer empty calories or artificial sweeteners with their carbonated water? As a brand, it's nothing special, just popularizing flavored seltzer that's been around forever, but it's a healthier alternative to sweetened soda, and no one's making anyone drink it.
— Ralph Smorra (@RalphSmorra) July 28, 2018
WHY is drinking water bougie? La Croix is sold at the local market so I doubt if there is anything exclusive abt it. But diabetes causing soda must be 'keeping it real' huh?
— iranotironic (@realiralevi) July 28, 2018
Eat more sugar plebs it's "woke". https://t.co/04fMhEwwQA
— †erri Ann $†range ▼ (@terristrange) July 28, 2018
Imagine being so nosy that you think what people drink is your beeswax and you judge them for it.
Lordy, I hope you're parody
— Maleficent (@NotMedicgoddess) July 28, 2018
I must say to each its own. You drink what you want. Has subject matter become so scarce that @TheRoot feels the need to judge and name-call what ppl drink? Damn, you can’t do nothing without someone being all up in your business!
— | نينا | 妮娜 | नीना | Нина | (@Det_Nen) July 28, 2018
Hate hate LaCroix, but why can't black people just like stuff in peace? https://t.co/LI2PDAyz3y
— Andrew Harrington (@foodiethghts) July 28, 2018
Shhhh, just let people like things. https://t.co/hYnU5eXC7K
— The Hapless Man (@Hapless23) July 28, 2018
For what it's worth, gay folks seem to love La Croix too. And in my community it's viewed as a white hipster beverage, so… this take is weird to me. Can't people just like things? https://t.co/MvviQ0JF8j
— James Bradford (@jamesebradford) July 28, 2018
can't white women have anything to themselves https://t.co/OTBzlFmwy9
— Michael Malice (@michaelmalice) July 28, 2018
That’s some hard hitting journalism there…
— The Real McCoy (@BMcCoy06_The) July 28, 2018
WOW. Delete this. https://t.co/lLhmxRdJRg
— Bonshaquita Harris (@cupcake83) July 28, 2018
articles like these make me think there's a finite amount of things to be outraged about and we're reaching the end. inshallah. https://t.co/hvk6zFEwAF
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) July 28, 2018
How dare she?! The Root decries black Miss USA’s ‘problematic as hell’ comments https://t.co/mvIGN2W1ZF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 16, 2017