Shortly after Serena Williams’ defeat of Maria Sharapova last week, the dubious #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter hashtag began trending worldwide on Twitter. Twitter’s response was swift, and witty. In a plethora of responses, Twitter users defended women of color by rebutting the #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter hashtag.
The hashtag got even more attention when The Hunger Games actress Amandla Sternberg accused Kylie Jenner of cultural appropriation after Jenner posted a photo of herself sporting cornrows. "When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter,” wrote Sternberg. Whew!
Here are 15 responses to #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter that we're still talking about.
#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter making fun of naturally tan and dark WoC but using tanning beds and bronzers to look like Doritos
#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter -being racist towards black people but wanting mixed kids
I don't understand what the 'it' in #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter is supposed to be. Like appropriation? wanting to marry our men? casserole?
Wanting to be mixed-race. AKA, claim our "exotic" culture and aesthetic, not our struggle. #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter
#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter at using their salty tears to season their dry food
#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter getting skin cancer via tanning to look like the people they oppress
#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter do what better? burn in the sun? steal cultures? exclude woc in their feminist movements? age every 5 seconds?
I mean if black, Hispanic, and middle-eastern women didn't exist...sure... #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter
convincing themselves they're twerking when they're really causing themselves spinal damage #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter