In the seemingly never ending list of things deemed racist/sexist/transphobic/misogynistic by perpetually outraged leftists, a Bob Marley face filter on Snapchat has made it to the top of the list of "Things That Offend Me Today".
In honor of 4/20, the day when Cannabis smokers celebrate their love for the plant, Snapchat released the filter that allows users to look like Bob Marley -- a lifelong advocate of smoking weed. This of course created a fantastic opportunity for hordes of social justice warriors to claim Snapchat was being "racially insensitive" and, as one likeminded journalist put it "slam it as digital blackface and culturally clueless".
A quick google search yields the following headlines from major media outlets desperate to prove their liberal credentials:
There are a few things worth mentioning here. Firstly, Snapchat released the filter in collaboration with the Bob Marley Estate -- that known racist organization run by Bob Marley's own family. Said Snapchat in response to the outrage:
The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.
Secondly, if one were to release a filter to make users look like a particular celebrity, exactly how would it be done without taking into account said celebrity's skin color? Bob Marley was black, so therefore any filter worth using would (shock horror) make the user look black -- like Bob Marley. It is also worth mentioning the Bob Marley was half white, yet there appears to be no outrage over the filter's use of Marley's distinctly European facial features.
Thirdly, much of the outrage appears to be centered around Snapchat's supposedly racist assumption that Bob Marley is synonymous with smoking weed -- a ridiculous criticism if you think about it for more than 10 seconds. Because Bob Marley is synonymous with smoking Marijuana, given he spoke and sung about it all the time.
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction,” he once said. "Herb, herb is a plant. I mean herbs are good for everything. Why, why these people who want to do so much good for everyone, who call themselves governments and this and that. Why them say you must not use the herb?"
Marley's official website describes the musician as being "a staunch supporter of the plant’s meditational, spiritual and healing abilities, and a fierce opponent to those (“political forces”) who tried using marijuana as a vehicle for oppression, and to keep certain groups of people out of the societal mainstream."
If there is a bigger historic symbol or person more synonymous with Marijuana use than Bob Marley, then please feel free to correct this article.
Of course that isn't the point though, as inconvenient facts detract from the need to be outraged about, well, apparently anything these days.