If you're on TikTok, then you're probably familiar with Addison Rae. She's a dancer whose videos generate millions of views.
And right now, she has more than 48 million followers on the app.
Well, Addison is currently facing backlash for allegedly blackfishing, which is a form of cultural appropriation and blackface, often resulting from purposely wearing makeup that's often several shades too dark.
In 2018, a thread of influencers accused of blackfishing went viral, showing just how common and problematic the trend is:
In an interview with NBC, Ericka Hart, who's a Black influencer and sexuality educator, discussed the topic of blackfishing. “How popular the Kardashians are speaks volumes and can’t be overlooked," she said. "They have been able to capitalize off black bodies, and people will want to emulate that." Twitter user @dxjennae echoed that sentiment:
In Addison's Snapchat, she's seen getting her makeup done before a photo shoot and definitely appears darker:
She soon faced backlash on Twitter.
People tweeted screenshots of her natural skin tone, compared to the Snapchat makeup look that received backlash:
Addison has not replied to the backlash, but we will update you if she does.