Snapchat’s International Women’s Day Filters Have Sparked a Nasty Controversy
We’re pretty darn psyched to be celebrating International Women’s Day today, recognizing aesthetic trailblazers and stars using their platform to change the world, among other awesome ladies. We’re also thrilled that plenty of other folks seem to be eagerly getting in on the action. However, Snapchat’s efforts have not only turned out to be somewhat controversial — they’ve sparked some pretty nasty backlash.
Introducing Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, and Marie Curie filters for 24 hours to help users celebrate International Women’s Day, Snapchat even worked with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute to design her lens, and as for the Frida Kahlo option, the company told Mashable, “In the age of the selfie, Frida is considered to be the first selfie artist; she told a story of love, life, strength and passion thru her self-portraits.”
Despite their good intentions, folks aren’t seeing the sitch in the same way.
So are we going to talk about how offensive that Rosa Parks filter is on Snapchat? What the FUQ
— KTD (@forgivemehera) March 8, 2017
Yikes at the Frida Kahlo and Rosa Parks Snapchat filters, like, I see what you're trying to do. But no, just no 😶
— opossum, my possum (@ohchasimo) March 8, 2017
okay so who wants to head on over to @Snapchat HQ and bust the kneecaps of whoever decided the Frida and Rosa Parks filters were good ideas
— ennui marie (@Poogaloo) March 8, 2017
While some are upset about possible black-face pics…
— Svenja (@einhornsprudel) March 8, 2017
Others can’t understand the inaccuracies…
Frida and Rosa Parks filters make my eyes look blue. Why? #Snapchat
— polis (@polis79) March 8, 2017
interesting how the frida kahlo and rosa parks snapchat filters give you light eyes when non of them had light eyes
— adri (@cassianrook) March 8, 2017
Or the seemingly sexual nature of a few of the filters’ aspects…
— Leila Gharagozlou (@Lghara93) March 8, 2017
— Gabriella Hodges (@GabHodges) March 8, 2017
Snapchat made a Marie Curie filter for International Women's Day and still put eyeshadow and lashes on it
— kerry (@kerry_metters) March 8, 2017
What do you think about Snapchat’s International Women’s Day filters and the response to them? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t Cosmopolitan; photos via Jerod Harris/Getty)