The internet can be a wonderful place, but it can also b a horrible, horrible place. In a disturbing trend, some Twitter users are Photoshopping pictures of Rihanna to make her skin appear white. Even worse? The captions all claim she would be prettier if she were white. Umm…what?
There’s so much wrong with this. Not only are there obvious racist implications, it’s also ridiculous to imply that Rihanna, one of the most beautiful women alive, is anything less than gorgeous just the way she is.
The awful trend seems to trace back to July, but it’s been going on for months.
rihanna would look so much more beautiful if she was white pic.twitter.com/QqjNnj2V43
— ㅤalex (@alexgracious) July 16, 2017
Rihanna would look so much more pretty if she was white pic.twitter.com/miBuYjwnuZ
— Gloomy Fayme (@deathyeezus) July 16, 2017
Rihana would look prettier if she was born white pic.twitter.com/qFnxRaYsZS
— Sehar (@seharmehmud) September 19, 2017
Rihanna isn’t the only target. Beyoncé has also been the subject of similar edits.
So we gonna pretend that Beyoncé doesn’t look better as a white women cause she is SERVING looks with that lighter skin. Queen pic.twitter.com/DJEHFDCmEQ
— BBB Grand Wizard ✨ (@CommanderLovely) September 18, 2017
Thankfully, most of Twitter isn’t having it with the photo edits and people are posting pictures of stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Britney Spears with similar captions to highlight just how ridiculous the idea is.
Say what you want but Jennifer Lawrence would be prettier if she was white pic.twitter.com/b0YqEv01tV
— Rai (@lawrenceskies) September 18, 2017
Say what you want but Britney would look prettier if she was born white pic.twitter.com/h45Nw4zavy
— kyle (@lovekneedown) September 19, 2017
And, of course, there are also people (rightfully) calling out the horrible trend more directly.
Just read an article where some dumbass thought @rihanna would look more beautiful if she were white. WTF?? She’s beautiful now, fuck off!
— Skylar Hoffstedtter (@Drakonis007) September 26, 2017
“rihanna would be prettier if she were white”
me: *sees the photos of it” pic.twitter.com/mAKxdiXoJu
— k(b)at (@morcax) September 24, 2017