ARE BLACK CELEBRITY CHILDREN CRITICIZED MORE IN HOLLYWOOD?
With the recent Twitter frenzy regarding satirical entertainment website The Onion‘s inappropriate tweet about 9-year old Quvenzhane Wallis, the question of African American celebrity children and filters has been sparked. The “Quvenzhane tweet,” that was deleted within an hour of being posted, is one of several instances regarding negative backlash that young black children and teens that are thrust into the spotlight face from the public. Although The Onion issued a public apology, many patrons of the site found the comment completely offensive. It would appear that anyone, no matter the age, race or sex is fair game for a joke.
Here are some examples of African American celebrity kids in Hollywood under the scrutiny of the public eye:
Willow Smith has received many negative and demeaning comments throughout her entire life. The feedback has spanned from damaging comments regarding her hair, her clothing, her overall personal appearance and even her talent. Dad Will Smith recently reported that his daughter backed out of the film “Annie” to focus on just being a 12-year old.
Although Gabrielle Douglas won two Olympic gold medals in the 2012 London games, her outstanding achievement was quickly overshadowed by criticism and scrutiny regarding her hair during the games. Since then she has received countless comments about her hair at every event that she attends.
Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, 14, gave an acclaimed performance as Rue in the box office hit film but many fans of the novel were upset that the young African American actress was cast in the role because she was black. Although Amandla’s character and her District 11 counterpart (Thresh) are described as having “dark brown skin” in the book, some readers and movie goers were shocked to see African Americans playing the parts. Some fans said it ruined the movie and others refused to see the movie because of the black characters.
What do you think? Are African American children/teens under the microscope more because of the color of their skin? Are WE harder on them because they’re black?