digital blackface

noun

Definition of digital blackface

: the use by white people of digital depictions of Black or brown people or skin tones especially for the purpose of self-representation or self-expression In 2016, the company released a Bob Marley selfie filter as part of "4/20 day" celebrations that darkened users' skin in a caricature of the reggae icon, prompting backlash from users who pointed out the lens was digital blackface.— Suhauna Hussain While reaction GIFs can be hilarious, when white people use GIFs of black people, it can be a form of digital blackface.— Megan Bigelow

First Known Use of digital blackface

2013, in the meaning defined above

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“Digital blackface.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digital%20blackface. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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