In the video Ronke Raji states:
“When I was putting on the makeup, I just thought to myself, people need to really be confident and comfortable with their skin tone…Your skin tone is given to you for a reason. Don’t be ashamed of it, don’t be sad that you have it, because at the end of the day even if you have somebody else’s skin tone, if they put somebody else’s skin tone on you, they’re still going to have something to say.”
By swapping foundations, Ronke Raji wanted to point how ridiculous you might look if you were any shade lighter or darker than you naturally are.
Watch the video here:
But can I be honest with you all? I was really uncomfortable watching this video. I understand the intent, but seeing a beautiful dark color painted on someone’s face for the sake of making a point, feels wrong. I don’t like the idea of our features ever being used for a statement, no matter the intent. The history of black face in America is deep and it is hurtful, always will be, so anything that even remotely resembles it will hit a nerve.
The response to this video has been really positive on Ronke Raji‘s channel, so maybe I’m in the minority on this one.
What say you? Did they make their point or did they miss the mark on this one?
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