Dixie D'Amelio responds to "blackfishing" accusations following backlash

8 September 2020, 12:14

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"I never want to hurt or offend anyone. ever. I love you all and i hope y’all know i never have bad intentions ever."

Dixie D'Amelio has seemingly addressed accusations that she has been "blackfishing" after photos began to circulate of the YouTuber and TikTok star looking a lot more tanned than usual.

For those of you that don't know, blackfishing is a term used to describe how white people manipulate their features (like excessive tanning) to appear more racially ambiguous in the hope of capitalising off of it. Some even consider it to be equivalent to modern day blackface.

Basically, the accusations started when a screenshot taken from Dixie's Instagram Story emerged. The image is a side-by-side of Dixie appearing more pale in one photo and noticeably more tanned in the other. The photo also included colour swatches next to both images to demonstrate how different her skin tone was.

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Dixie was soon hit with backlash and fans urged her to issue an apology.

Others, however, insisted that Dixie was not blackfishing.

Some even thought the image was made darker to incite backlash.

Dixie has now appeared to respond to the criticism, although she did not explicitly mention blackfishing. She tweeted: "I never want to hurt or offend anyone. Ever. I love you all and I hope y’all know I never have bad intentions ever."

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