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— ✨TRB NEW YORK✨ (@Yoonginese) July 10, 2015
I don’t understand what the ‘it’ in #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter is supposed to be. Like appropriation? wanting to marry our men? casserole?— Haddiyyah (@haddiyyahhh_) July 13, 2015
#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter getting skin cancer via tanning to look like the people they oppress— sadgalriri (@SamerSum) July 12, 2015