Racism is taught early, and it sometimes it comes from unexpected — and unintentional — places. A clip from a Nickelodeon cartoon is going viral online because it blatantly demeans natural Black hair. While the cartoon was since edited to remove the offensive bit, the internet clearly never forgets.
The original version of WINX, from Season 1 Episode 12, shows a character lamenting her normally straight hair puffing up into an afro. "Normally it's straight. I was just walking down the hall and — poof! — my whole head of hair popped up just like that," she cries.
If that wasn't bad enough, in the next moment, the character's friend (who appears to be white) reaches over and touches the girl's 'fro without so much as asking permission, and then recoils in horror at the texture. Watch the offensive scene, below:
Fans of the show are wondering on Twitter how they missed the put downs the first time around. Even Talib Kweli had to weigh in:
This winx club nonsense crazy lol how come nobody showed me this so horrible for young black girls https://t.co/OAIX8eE11O— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) May 30, 2016
BossipNews> That’s Racist: Nickelodeon Cartoon Demeans, Ridicules, And Insults Black Women’s Natural Hair [Vide... https://t.co/Qe6PMSCBQr— SoMetro Radio (@SoMetroRadio) May 30, 2016
Hopefully, by acknowledging racially demeaning comments like these, they can help spread more positive views on natural beauty.
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