A 19-year-old girl was suspended from Twitter over a video critics said was “whiteface.”
After the election, Jane Oranika of Alabama, posted a satirical video to social media, meant to make a point of how a Trump presidency would affect people of color. In it, she applies a fair-toned concealer to her face, saying: “African-American? Never felt, that, never heard of that, never tasted that, never smelled that.”
— ✖️ (@oranicuhh) November 9, 2016
But other Twitter users reported the video as racist, and Oranika’s account was suspended. Amid growing media coverage, she successfully appealed it, with her Twitter reinstated on Nov. 13.
Oranika’s controversy has sparked debate on Twitter about so-called whiteface.
— Alessandro (@AlessandroFC_) November 15, 2016
Also you see how quickly twitter reacted to "Whiteface" when you got white people with blackface on here for months. https://t.co/TSDDXLI0sW
— OVO 20 Savage (@HonorableGatsby) November 23, 2016
Twitter won't suspend actual racist trolls, but suspended this woman for "white-face" which is a thing that doesn't exist. Mmkay. https://t.co/kPGWwYmBdY
— Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain) November 15, 2016
Lmao suspended her twitter account for "whiteface" wow y'all are too damn much white people are the most sensitive i s2g https://t.co/TSoocSYM10
— BassTitty➡️Funtcase (@nikkiskowron) November 15, 2016
Twitter user has her account suspended over viral 'whiteface' video
Racist. Good that account was suspended. https://t.co/WJPJ0UWZzp
— Sam Stratton Sims (@samstrattonsims) November 23, 2016
— Landen Gullberg (@GREBLLUG) November 17, 2016
White face is just as offensive as black face. Period. https://t.co/imWeGOyJDl
— Teenage Dream (@Ann_Tagonist_) November 21, 2016
"Whiteface" will NEVER be the same as blackface. I repeat, "Whiteface" will NEVER be the same as blackface https://t.co/e9Ksfhb4na
— maha (@wtmmaja) November 16, 2016
So when white people do blackface it's freedom of speech but when black people do white face they get suspended from twitter 🙄 https://t.co/292kCEWkpK
— A$hanti🐐 (@HighhThots) November 15, 2016
There is 100% no equivalence between blackface and whiteface. Similar actions don't always have similar contexts or intents.
— Jay Hill (@jayhill350) November 15, 2016