Self-proclaimed Chinese ‘Wakanda Queen’ come under attack for skin darkening tutorial

A Chinese influencer, Suzy Z who calls herself the “Wakanda Queen” has been criticized for a viral video she made, wearing blackface and teaching her followers how to darken their skin. The video which was viewed by millions of people saw the influencer using a combination of products to turn her Asian skin to a totally dark one.

Suzy who does lots of videos on Bilibili, a Chinese equivalent of Youtube referred to this particular video making rounds as part of her global series, serving a much wider network. During the tutorial, she said “this is Suzy aka Wakanda Queen.”

“Wakanda beauty bloggers settled in Station B (Bilibili)? Can you see me? It’s me who is the darkest on the whole network.” Suzy wrote as caption for her video on the Chinese platform where she has over a million followers and also on Youtube.

Her video attracted mixed reactions; most people held the influencer responsible for a reckless display of racist content, imitating black people with make-up. Some commentators referred to Suzy as being “ignorant” about how racist blackface is and its consequences.

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Some of the critics of the video also blamed the content on the lack of education on blackface in Asia. One of the platform users wrote: “Blackface isn’t very educated about in Asia. A lot of people actually don’t know it’s wrong, so people can’t expect the whole world to be as woke”

However, a few others saw a different angle to the video. To them, the video was just an “awesome” display of make-up skill by the influencer and nothing else. What do you think about this trendy issue?

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