January 3, 2020
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Two journalists, one from Vanity Fair and another from Harper’s have found themselves in the wrath of The Beyhive and beyond after mocking Blue Ivy Carter, the 7-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z Carter.
To celebrate the New Year, rapper Megan Thee Stallion posted a picture featuring herself, Blue, and Beyoncé.
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 1, 2020
While most of the internet swooned over all the black girl magic in one photo, pointing out how grown up and gorgeous little Miss Carter looked, Vanity Fair film critic K. Austin Collins went a different route. Responding to the photo, with now-deleted tweets, he wrote:
“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, a web editor for Harper’s then responded:
“They haven’t already?” adding, “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!”
Her tweets have also now been deleted.
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
What hasn’t been deleted or nearing an end is the backlash the journalists have received for their remarks. Here’s a little taste:
The racist and misogynistic tweets about Blue Ivy made by the Black male reporter and the White female reporter reminds me of a long quote from bell hooks. She said, "White women and Black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed.
— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) January 2, 2020
the irony of suggesting a black child might get plastic surgery to erase her black features whilst using a white woman who’s gotten plastic surgery to mimic the appearance of a black woman as a point of reference ?
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) January 2, 2020
Both Collins and Lucca have issued apologies but the internet is not having it. Many are calling for them to be fired.
I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls in particular deserve better.
— k austin collins (@melvillmatic) January 2, 2020
I’m truly sorry to anyone who was reminded of past hurt because of my comments. I truly believe Blue Ivy will go to the grave without knowing who I am, which is neither here nor there, but on the off chance she sees it—I’m sorry, young lady. You’re gonna go far no matter what.
— Violet Lucca (@unbuttonmyeyes) January 2, 2020
TELL US: What do you think of the journalist’s comments about Blue Ivy Carter, do you accept their apologies?