“Barack Obama, is that some type of sauce?” That’s a quote from Jane Oranika’s viral video that shows her literally trying to conceal her blackness with white foundation. Sadly, the comedic clip resonated with audiences because there is so much truth behind the satirical remarks. Jane, who goes by “Chika” on social media, originally posted the video on Twitter as a joke to one of her best friends.
“It was right before the final results came in, and things were looking pretty dim. I was in a really sad place and as someone who hates being sad, I was trying to cheer the both of us up. I posted it and we laughed about it, and like an hour later when Trump was actually was elected, it blew up,“ Chika told BET.com.
Chika’s video had over 70k retweets and 102k favorites on Twitter before someone reported it and her account was suspended (She’s currently asking her followers to help in tweeting Twitter to tell them to unsuspend her account). She quickly reposted it to Instagram where it currently has 42.2k views.
Besides the fact some internet trolls tried to shut her down, she’s gotten an overwhelmingly amount of positive reactions. Many followers thanked the social media sensation for making them laugh, on a day that proved to be very difficult for a lot of Americans.
“I think that's why it spread as quickly as it did. It was comic relief in a pretty bad situation. The negative responses, not to sound biased, were uninformed and cried "white face". I thought that was weird considering the concealer I used was my best friend's, who is black. Also, there is no historical context to whiteface so of course the standard is different as to why it shouldn’t be offensive. I felt as though the underlying message takes priority and that’s the message I was trying to get across,” she explained.
What’s more is that Chika resides in Montgomery, Alabama, a proud “red state” where the Klan is very much still alive. With her newfound Internet fame, she wants her audience to know that she’s more than just a random girl who made her skin lighter to get a point across. She’s a spoken word artist, a musician, and a visual artist who told us she plans to use her talents to convey a message of encouragement to others that feel the same way she does. Chika assures, “You'll probably see my face again (laughs)!”
(Photo: Chika via Instagram)
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