The term was used by journalist Wanna Thompson in 2018 and is used to describe the accusation of pretending to be black Social Media Makeup, hair products and in some cases, surgery by drastically changing their appearance.
Nelson, 30, was accused of blackfishing after releasing his debut single “Boyz” Nicki Minaj Earlier this week. In the music video, Nelson is very tanning and her hair is styled with wigs and braids.
The singer then accepted it Instagram To Comment on the rights, And submitted her tan for a recent holiday in Antigua. She added: “I personally want to say that my purpose, through this video and my song, is never to hurt people of color because, as I said, growing up as a young girl, this is the music I listen to.
“For me, 90/2000 hip hop, R&B music was the best era of music. I wanted to celebrate it. I wanted to celebrate that era of music because I like it.”
Nelson isn’t the first celebrity to be accused of blackfishing. Rita Ora had been accused of the term Kim Kardashian was accused of using makeup to dramatically darken her skin in 2017 when she styled her hair with box braids.
Blackfishing was first impressed in November 2018, when a Twitter thread called out “all white girls pretending to be a black woman on Instagram,” which went viral, garnering more than 23,000 retweets and influencers.
Contributors to the thread posted a stream of photos before and after showing some obvious differences in the skin tones of some Instagram users.
Those involved in black fisheries choose cherry aesthetics and they are intimately associated with black women and capitalize on lucrative sponsorship deals.
Some influential Twitter users have been accused of manipulating their photographs or undergoing plastic surgery.
Critical critics describe it as a form of cultural appropriation, whereby elements of minority culture have been adopted by the more dominant culture without respecting the source, leaving members of the minority culture feeling oppressed and marginalized.
I’m talking IndependentWriter Stephanie Yeboh describes blackfishing as a “blackface type” that is a deeply offensive practice that white people use to make their skin tone into a fancy dress.
“What we’re looking at – especially on social networking sites – is another way white people can acquire, profit and profit from another race, and brands are encouraging it,” he says.
“Most of these women get endorsements from beauty and fashion brands on the basis of ‘black beauty’ but unfortunately when real black women are used for propaganda, we often forget the sides.”
Wanna Thompson, a freelance writer who started the viral Twitter thread, described why blackfishing is “troubling”, describing white women who do this as “drowning themselves in a pool without getting completely wet.”
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour in 2018, Thompson said combining hairstyle, clothing and dialect with traditional black women “is enough to cling to racial ambiguity without fully addressing the effects of blackness.”
This is even more problematic when you consider the number of black influencers that are “overlooked” by brands all the time, Thompson said.
“When you see people taking advantage of this White privilege It is able to get both sides of the coin, which is very troubling, ”he said.
Blackfishing may be a relatively new term, but activist Rachel Dolezal, who claimed in 2015 to be “self-identified with the black experience” and described herself as a “Gentile,” was highlighted as acting differently. , Was actually white.