Black Women Change Profile Pic To Childhood Photos Of Themselves In Support Of Blue Ivy
January 06, 2020 at 10:25 pm
Black women responded in unison after two journalists took a shot at Blue Ivy, the 7-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
The incident started when Megan Thee Stallion tweeted a photo of herself with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy on Wednesday.
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 1, 2020
In response to the post, Vanity Fair writer K. Austin Collins said “I have a feeling the Jay Z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her."
Harper's Magazine editor Violet Lucca added fuel to the fire, saying Blue Ivy will "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!”
CaShawn Thompson, who coined the phrase "Black Girl Magic," responded to the journalists by changing her profile picture to a photo of herself as a little girl and urging other Black women to do the same.
"I saw the negative comments made by that Black man and white woman about Blue Ivy's physical appearance," she tweeted. "I would love it if any and every Black woman on here that gives a damn about little Black girls changed their avi to childhood photo of themselves. I'll do it."
I saw the negative comments made by that Black man & white woman about Blue Ivy's physical appearance. I would love it if any & every Black woman on here that gives a damn about little Black girls changed their avi to childhood photo of themselves. I'll do it.
— Miss Shawn! (@thepbg) January 2, 2020
Thompson continued her tweet, saying her effort is "an act of support for Blue and every other Black girl enduring this anti-Black woman bulls**t."
"I'm so tired of it," she said. "Seven years ago I SAID #BlackGirlsAreMagic and I meant it. Leave us TF alone."
As an act of support for Blue and every other Black girl enduring this anti-Black woman bullshit. I'm so tired of it. Seven years ago I SAID #BlackGirlsAreMagic and I meant it. Leave us TF alone.
— Miss Shawn! (@thepbg) January 2, 2020
Thompson's tweet has gained more than 7,000 likes since it was posted on Thursday.
"There were tweets made about Blue Ivy Carter by an adult Black man and an adult white woman disparaging her looks, her similarity to her own father and insinuating that she would one day be so ashamed of how she looks that she’d get plastic surgery to change it,” Thompson told the Daily Dot. “It was morally reprehensible and one in a long history of criticisms of this particular little Black girl’s looks, but also just another drop in the ocean of criticizing the physical appearance of Black women and girls.”
Twitter users were happy to change their profile photos.
"Done! I love this and I love us," one woman said.
Done! I love this and I love us ????❤️
— ᗩGITᗩTOᖇ (@Priscillaaa_xo) January 2, 2020
"My favorite wide-eyed look," another person said as she posted her childhood photo.
My favorite wide-eyed look!!!???? pic.twitter.com/ZBi1i9eFaT
— Marion Ware (@BGMatters2015) January 2, 2020
"I'm on it! In Solidarity with Blue!" another woman tweeted.
I'm on it! In Solidarity with Blue!
— La Gran Tirana ???? (@alexachula) January 2, 2020
Another woman, having some fun with the photo from her childhood, said "Done!! Baby me already looks fed up with the nonsense."
Done!! Baby me already looks fed up with the nonsense ????
— Princesa✨ (@bougieblkgirll) January 2, 2020
A Twitter user, taking a more serious tone, said "not here for the Black girl slander in 2020. Not here for that s**t at all."
Not here for the Black girl slander in 2020. Not here for that shit at all.
— Kay Oyegun (Oh-yay-gun) (@KayOyegun) January 2, 2020
The journalists' tweets have now been deleted, and they have apologized, according to The Daily Dot.
“I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy Tweet,” Collins tweeted. “Bad joke and Black girls in particular deserve better.”
I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls in particular deserve better.
— k austin collins (@melvillmatic) January 2, 2020
Vanity Fair added to the apology, saying "Collins tweeted an inappropriate comment about Blue Ivy Carter and Jay-Z that violated the magazine’s standards and conflicted with our values."
"We agree with Kam’s decision to delete the tweet and we join him in apologizing for it," a spokesperson said, according to NBC News.
Lucca also responded in a tweet, saying "children of famous ought to be off limits, but time and again they haven't been."
"I said something petty and have been called ugly, old, and a racist," the journalist said.
Sorry I was cleaning my apartment while this blew up…children of famous ought to be off limits, but time and again they haven’t been. So I said something petty and have been called ugly, old, and a racist.
— Violet Lucca (@unbuttonmyeyes) January 1, 2020
According to TODAY, Blue Ivy will celebrate her 8th birthday on January 7.