Using #WhiteGirlsRock, some users clapped back at the trending #BlackGirlsRock hashtag by characterizing the event as racist in itself.
“It's funny that if this hashtag was #WhiteGirlsRock instead of #BlackGirlsRock it would be considered RACIST,” one user tweeted, as shared in a scathing rebuttal written by Huffington Post blogger Olivia Cole on Monday.
Cole, who is white, dug into the issue of the lack of diversity in television, movies other media forms, calling for detractors to open their eyes to the grim reality around them:
“Let me tell you something, white folks. From one white person to another. You are in everything. 99 percent of Hollywood movies feature your faces. 99 percent of magazine covers are covered in you. The Emmy Awards and Oscars are almost entirely you. If you Google "beautiful people" the screen is covered in white faces. Black girls (and boys) are taught from birth that there is one version of beauty, and it is you.
Many Black girls go their entire lives thinking they are ugly, thinking they need to be lighter, straighter, whiter in order to have value. Everything that you see every day that reaffirms your whiteness; every commercial that has a nice white lady embodying the perfect "mom;" every magazine that has blue eyes and bone-straight hair; every Hollywood blockbuster that has a leading lady with skin never darker than Halle Berry... all of these things are reinforcements of your identity that you take for granted.”
#whitegirlsrock came about because people cant stand the fact the black women wanted one show where they could feel good about themselves— T (@Silversundancer) November 8, 2013
Nobody has ever had to say #whitegirlsrock b/c that idea has almost always been around. Why be offended b/c someone else is being praised?— Ebony Hampton (@EB_ezONtheeYes) November 8, 2013
it would be amazing if the folks who trended #whitegirlsrock were tuning into this.— Brokey McPoverty (@brokeymcpoverty) November 8, 2013
White folks really made a hashtag called #whitegirlsrock ...what's next, A movie titled '400 Years A Slave Owner'?— jujoffer (@jujoffer) November 4, 2013