The New York Times’ Sarah Jeong’s tweets about hating white people really stirred up the conversation about race and racism last week, including just who can be racist, who can’t, and why.
We might as well keep the outrage ball rolling and share this piece from Marie Clarie in which a Latina argues that singer Rihanna culturally appropriated her thin eyebrows on the cover of Vogue from “chola” (female gang member) culture.
Woman thinks Rihanna’s eyebrows are racist: https://t.co/bBJgU8eR2o
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 6, 2018
Considering it was highly unlikely that Rihanna had suddenly joined a gang, and seeing as the Caribbean singer wasn’t exactly raised on the streets of East L.A., my Mexican-American heart was deeply confused, and deeply annoyed.
As a minority, I know I’m always one step away from being judged negatively based on how I look. I know that if I stepped out with these brows tomorrow, I would face such intense judgement that would just feed into the negative stereotype many minorities work very hard to avoid. Not all of us have the luxury of drawing on some eyebrows and calling them fashun—even if RiRi does look gorgeous, and even if it’s just an editorial spread meant to look pretty and harmless and inspirational.
Minority or not, stopping people from judging other people based on their looks isn’t going to happen anytime soon. So … racist?
In other news, Rihanna’s eyebrows start their NYTimes column on Thursday. https://t.co/5r5UyOiM8A
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) August 6, 2018
Our institutions of higher learning are failing miserably.
— Antonio Martinez (@djtechchicago) August 6, 2018
This is one of the dumbest articles I have ever read. How self absorbed can people freaking get?
— Jennifer Carpenter (@JennCarp2013) August 6, 2018
Oh, look. Eyebrow shaming. The capacity of innovative grievance continues to amaze.
— Eduardo Suastegui (@eduardoauthor) August 6, 2018
"My Chola culture is not your goddamn prom dress, Rihanna!"
— James Navarrete (@jameziecakes) August 6, 2018
“I’m a Liberal, and I find everything about absolutely everything problematic.”
— Eli Summer (@AshenShards) August 6, 2018
Oh please, now someone's eyebrows are offensive? People, this is really truly pathetic. Get a job, get a life, make some real human freinds and stop reacting to every single "made up crisis". If your life sucks, make positive changes and move forward.
— Lori Schneerer (@LSchneerer) August 6, 2018
Here we go, no sense so let’s pull the race card.
— Bill Wolff (@Bill_Wolff_16) August 6, 2018
Why do they even entertain an idea based on a .1% opinion?
— Chelsea Forsaith (@callmemarysue) August 6, 2018
SOOOO weak! I'm Latino I wear khakis, Chuck's, & ButtonUps! I'm not a Cholo or some banger & no one treats me that way anywhere I go! Why? Because I carry myself with Class, Respect, Grace, & Decency!
I don't LIVE UP TO the stereotype.#GetAlifE
— Jason Bustos (@JBustos303) August 6, 2018
Felt my IQ drop by reading this! I’m Mexican. Never have been judged for my looks alone. My skin color? Yes. I’m dark brown. Some people are bothered by my brown-ness but I’m cool with it. Judged for my makeup, clothes, hair, etc? Only once – for having a unibrow. I don’t care!! pic.twitter.com/nLeUrLwRJY
— JJP (@JennaJadePhilli) August 6, 2018
But if Rihanna has her eyebrows like that and she's a positive role model then isn't that better then the current status quo of it being automatically a negative gang stereotype?
— William F. Tell (@MuseSeeking) August 6, 2018
I actually just think it’s ugly but whatever.
— catie lord (@tudsgrl) August 6, 2018
Nah, they are just godawful!
— ViktoriaGál (@ViktoriaCsendes) August 6, 2018
Don’t worry if you don’t like Rihanna’s pencil-thin eyebrows; the unibrow is the next big thing:
— New York Post (@nypost) August 3, 2018
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 3, 2016