There has been a trend going around on Tiktok (even though it’s something that’s been happening for years) where black creators are pointing out how their white creators do a fraction of the work and reap way more benefits from it.
The first example that comes to mind is Addison Rae performing stale, stiff, uncultured versions of dances that black people created on the Jimmy Fallon show. Then her bringing that lack of talent and culture into the world of singing and acting as she also performed her new song on the show. On top of that she is starring in a remake of He’s All That.
The next example is of another person with lukewarm talent at best, Charlie D’Amelio. Charlie and her family are getting their own reality show. Why, you ask? For being white and mediocre, of course.
And finally, perhaps the most nefarious of the bunch, Neumane who is an alleged actor but has yet to actually act in anything, who blatantly steals the ideas of black creators and remakes them as if they’re his own. He has been called out on this multiple times and as a result has threatened legal action against one of the black creators he stole from. The caucasity.
The fact of the matter is that this is something that happens frequently. White people do a subpar version of something that black people create and perfect and get rich, famous and well-known from it and honestly i’m sick and tired of us having to work thrice as hard to get half of the recognition.
Because for us to get that same recognition, we can’t be anywhere near mediocre. We have to be better than good. We have to be wildly amazing. Do you think Viola Davis would have touched the success she has if she wasn’t incredible? Probably not, but there are white actors who put in a fraction of the work who will be hailed for years to come simply because they are white.
The worst part about all of this is that I’m not even sure what we can do about it at this point. The system is certainly rigged against us and favors white mediocrity. Aside from continuously showing up and tearing shit up in the best way possible, the only way that we can stop a system like this is to dismantle it. Not to be that girl, but yes, dismantle the system.
So to my black creators out there, keep doing what you do. I know that’s easy to say that because no one has stolen any of my content that I know of but put your creations out there. What’s done in the dark will always come to the light. If anyone steals your hard work, there will be someone out there who will be ready to light them up for doing so.