People are freaking out about Snapchat’s Bob Marley filter and for good reason.
According to Gizmodo,
“Snapchat decided it was a good idea to create a Bob Marley filter—one that makes the user look like a bizarre, warped version of the late singer, dreadlocks and all. All the typical things that might stop a massive social network from doing this—the fact that it looks like like automated blackface, the reductiveness of creating a Bob Marley filter on 4/20, the half-hearted attempts at incorporating Marley’s music, the fact that it literally slaps blackface and dreadlocks on everyone who tries it—apparently didn’t occur to Snapchat.”
The tweet below should encapsulate it pretty clearly. If you still don’t understand after that, maybe it’s because you can’t read.
Just hours after people began throwing a fit, a Snapchat spokesperson made the following announcement:
“The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.”
Okay…so does that somehow change that you just introduced social media to vaudeville? Any who, without harping on this any further, let’s instead forget it was extremely insensitive and move on.
Actually, nah. Let’s keep making fun of it for a little bit.
Things That Resemble Snapchat’s Bob Marley Filter
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(1) The Infamous Jumanji Kid
(2) This picture of Jesus Christ on a potato chip.
(3) Delonte West.