Rachel Charlene Lewis
September 02, 2016 2:58 pm
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For some reason, once again, the jerks of the internet need to be reminded that Blue Ivy is a *child.* Why? Because they refuse to end their attacks on her appearance, and all that it represents. In a word, it’s gross and disappointing. And, in a few, it’s racist misogyny at its peak.

See, after photos of Beyoncé and Blue at the VMAs surfaced (Bey wore a sheer, blue gown with feathers, while Blue had on a fairy princess gown and tiara) people decided it was okay to call the little girl “ugly” on Twitter. There are so many reasons why this is not okay — besides the fact that bullying a child is immature.

When you bully Blue Ivy, and when you see it and say nothing, you’re allowing racist misogyny to continue. Let us explain.

Black girls aren’t allowed a childhood.

They’re hypersexualized the moment their parents let go of their hands and walk outside alone for the first time. The catcalling begins. The gross comments begin. The, “Well, she looked older” begins. And it never ends. That’s why people feel okay making fun of Blue Ivy. They don’t even recognize her innocence. They don’t want to protect her, like they would if she was white. They already don’t see her as a child, as innocent, as human. Like, remember that time The Onion called young Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word? These jokes? They’re no better.

When black girls dare to love themselves, they’re judged like no other.

When Blue Ivy rocked a $11k dress at the VMAs, people acted like she’d committed a crime. How dare she, this little black girl, look so undeniably adorable, and so happy, and be so beloved? Because isn’t that what it comes down to? How dare she be loved? How dare she be cared for? How dare she be happy?

Standing up for Blue Ivy matters.

Yes, she’s a celebrity child. But she’s also a child. And one day she’s going to be able to read all of these horrendous messages with her name in them. Girls, especially black girls, especially black girls with features associated with blackness and therefore judged so harshly, already struggle *so* much with confidence issues.

So when you see something? Say something. Call out friends who “joke” about this little girl. Call it what it is: bullying. It just isn’t okay.

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