As much of the nation was getting back to work after a few days off, Meg Thee Stallion took to Twitter to post a picture of herself with Beyonce and her seven year old daughter Blue Ivy. There was nothing spectacular about the picture. Blue Ivy looks like your typical happy, smiley seven year old decked out taking silly pictures with her mom, during their family’s annual holiday party. Meg just looks happy to be in their company. The picture that wasn’t supposed to garner any controversy. Then it did.
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 1, 2020
Meg’s picture lit up Twitter and not for the reason some would have hoped. Here’s where things get tricky. Meg’s twitter post caught the attention of journalists K. Austin Collins, a film critic for Vanity Fair and Violet Lucca, a web editor for Harpers. Just so we’re all on the same page here, both of these people are adults. Adults who decided that making fun of a 7 year old was okay. In a tweet, K. Austin Collins, in a since deleted tweet stated, “I have a feeling the Jay Z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her.” Violet Lucca responds, “Or she’ll just get plastic surgery at 16 a la Kylie Jenner and we’ll all have to pretend that she always looked that way… I can’t allow myself to feel too sorry for the incredibly rich.” In true Twitter fashion, Black Twitter came for both journalists.
In case anyone is confused about why people are upset @melvillmatic insults Blue Ivy (a child!) & then @unbuttonmyeyes replies with a crack about plastic surgery. Now he works for @VanityFair & she works @Harpers in case you ever wondered about media influence & misogynoir pic.twitter.com/RqwTPWVvpX
— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) January 1, 2020
Making fun of a child is never okay. Making fun of a child because of their looks is abhorrent. My grandma used to remind us as kids, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” What could these adults gain from mocking a child? Social media has people wilding out these days. These comments are cruel and irresponsible and to make matters worse, they are coming from adults who should know better! This is a seven-year-old. A first grader! She shouldn’t be bullied no matter who her parents are.
I am tired of the media coming after our beautiful black daughters. There is nothing more beautiful than black girls of all shades of brown with all the beautiful kinks and curls in their hair. It’s a documented fact that the media has gone after Blue Ivy’s looks since Beyonce introduced her to the world. Journalists have focused on Blue Ivy’s hair, and her choice of clothing. Journalists are making it their mission to tear away any ounce of joy that our girls possess in their appearances. Shame on them.
Now y’all know Black twitter needed to teach these irresponsible journalists a lesson about making fun of a little girl and when I tell you they let these journalists have it, they did not spare them, or their feelings. The outrage was swift and harsh. One twitter user points out the amount of self-hate that one must have to bully an innocent child, while another pointed out the racist standards that our beautiful black girls are subjected to. Of course after the dragging come the apologies.
I’m not playing the victim…sorry that I insulted Beyoncé’s daughter by suggesting that she might get plastic surgery some day, like many children of famous people do.
— Violet Lucca (@unbuttonmyeyes) January 2, 2020
It’s clear that the European concept of beauty is rampant in the social media world that we live in. Additionally, it’s also no secret that our beauty as black women is being appropriated in ways we could have never imagine in times past. Black women are the most beautiful women in the world. It’s time to teach our daughters to love every single thing about themselves. We must celebrate them in ways that the media won’t. As a result, we will show them that their black girl magic, is indeed. magical. Oh, and grown ass adults picking on little kids, is a no-no.