Snapchat’s International Women’s Day Filters Have Sparked a Nasty Controversy
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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.

While some are upset about possible black-face pics…

Others can’t understand the inaccuracies…

Or the seemingly sexual nature of a few of the filters’ aspects…

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)