Imagine waking up, refreshed in a brand new decade with all of its positive possibilities and your first instinct is to get on Twitter and attack a Black child.
Well, this is exactly what Vanity Fair film and TV critic, K. Austin Collins, did on Wednesday when he thought he was being cute trolling Blue Ivy Carter by basically calling her ugly.
See, it all started when the rest of us were completely shook by the pictures of the 7-year-old looking fab with her mama Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion having a blast on New Year’s Eve.
Look at the silk press she got going on!
Yet Austin, who is disappointedly Black, clearly took issue with so much attention and praise Blue was getting that his anti-Blackness jumped all the way out.
“I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her,” he said in the since-deleted tweet.
He then doubled down hoping that the child would outgrow her “ugly phase.”
To make matters worse, a white journalist from Harper’s magazine, Violet Lucca, tag-teamed on this nonsense, suggesting that she will turn to plastic surgery to alter her looks when she gets older – also comparing her to Kylie Jenner.
After getting called out and dragged to hell and back, both called themselves apologizing, but it felt pretty half-a**ed to me.
“I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls, in particular, deserve better,” said Collins
Now Lucca stressed that her tweet was “petty,” but she also fumbled her apology trying to play the victim.
“…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.”
Adding, “I’m not playing the victim…sorry that I insulted Beyoncé’s daughter by suggesting that she might get plastic surgery someday, like many children of famous people do.”
In a follow-up tweet, she wrote: “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.”
You know all of this is tiring because there should be a “hands-off” approach to children. Yet, Blue has never known what it’s like to exist in this world without folks coming for her hair, her nose, and her looks.
Explain to me: What’s exactly wrong with having Black features? Not a damn thing. Also, explain to me why are we so quick to attack Black girls for being themselves?
I can only point to self-hate and this is exactly what it looks like. Thankfully, Black Twitter was not here for any of it:
I bet his ass wouldn’t say that about a white child. I’m always very weary of some of these Black writers in these prestigious white spaces. They do an entirely too much for their Caucasian audience. And that white woman? She needs to worry about those tragic as fuck bangs— Kellee Nicole Terrell (@kelleent) January 2, 2020
There's nothing harmless about insulting a child's features regardless of whether that child has famous parents or not. There's no value in colorism, anti-blackness or attempting to pretend that class is a justification for targeting a 7 year old with insults.— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) January 1, 2020
Two days later and I am STILL mad about this. https://t.co/L2xfKoeDEu— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 3, 2020
PSA:— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) January 2, 2020
white people attacking Blue Ivy’s looks whether it’s her hair & or facial features is RACIST.
Black people attacking Blue Ivy’s looks whether it’s her hair & or facial features is ANTI-BLACK & FEATURISM.
Both deserve the electric chair! pic.twitter.com/XEdGB5VwZF
I’m really trying to figure out what’s wrong with Blue Ivy inheriting her daddy’s features, do y’all not know how genetics work or?😭😭😭😭 Also, Jay Z is not ugly at all, can y’all please point to me the exact features that are “ugly”? pic.twitter.com/BhUtxapovT— pattie (@horanftyonce) January 2, 2020
That Blue Ivy tweet reminds me that I have not forgiven the Onion for calling Quvenzhané Wallis a c**t when she was 10 years old. Learned a valuable lesson about who cares about little Black girls.— monet p. thomas⁷ (@monetwithlove) January 3, 2020
This whole Blue Ivy thing is just a drop in a bucket. A confirmation that black women are constantly seen as not enough. And when we are, our enough is still doesnt measure up. It makes me want to scream and cry and fight.— Khalisa Rae | *back 4 a limited time* (@k_lisarae) January 3, 2020
WAIT, somebody from Vanity Fair said Blue Ivy was ugly?????? pic.twitter.com/Q46E2iFVrL— Heyyyy Krissy girl 👋🏾🤪 (@heykrissy_) January 2, 2020
The fact that people are on this app calling Blue Ivy, Teyana Taylor, AND Ari Lennox ugly... pic.twitter.com/VzUB8jIA5z— ✨🎄shaniya🎄✨ (@shaniyasimmons) January 3, 2020
There are really grown ass adults making fun of the way Blue Ivy looks and saying she’s ugly because she looks like her dad.... she is seriously 7 years old wtf is wrong with people— Malcolm♊️ (@slygemini96) January 2, 2020
Just caught up on dude's Blue Ivy tweet. Folks been coming at that baby since she was born. I'm glad she has good people around her, because shesh. pic.twitter.com/cPG1eux4Ow— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) January 3, 2020