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‘Whiteface’ Teen Suspended From Twitter

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By Heat Street Staff | 3:20 pm, November 23, 2016

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.”

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.

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