Buzzfeed’s ‘Questions Black People Have For Black People’ Video Backfires
Buzzfeed has revolutionized the online publishing industry in recent years. One of the many ways they’ve done so has been through their personality-filled videos that feature staff members either acting out relatable scenarios or asking thought-provoking questions. Their latest attempt to do so has seemingly backfired and brought on the wrath of Twitter users everywhere.
In a video titled “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People,” Buzzfeed staffers sit in front of the camera and ask questions such as “When did watermelon become our thing?” and “Why are we more likely to engage in the new dance trend than politics?” While there were admittedly a handful of worthwhile questions in the video, a vast majority sounded more like “Questions Black People Were Paid To Ask Other Black People.”
Questions Black People Have For Black People ?https://t.co/lj53cs6Xe1
— BuzzFeedVideo (@BuzzFeedVideo) April 13, 2016
As one might expect, Twitter got a hold of the video and spent the evening criticizing both the video’s tone, Buzzfeed‘s methods and, in some cases, going as far as to call out the staffers themselves. A #RealBlackPeopleQuestions hashtag even came out of it all. Since it’s highly doubtful they’ll be doing it themselves this time around, here’s a list of Twitter reactions to Buzzfeed‘s latest video:
that buzzfeed video is problematic because those arent real questions that black people would ask other black people. We have REAL issues
— Steph Da 5’6 (@eleven8) April 13, 2016
going to watch some #trapcovers in an effort to forget the 3 mins of my life wasted with that Buzzfeed video
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 13, 2016
black dude in Buzzfeed video: “Why is it so hard for us to be on time? Why does 5 minutes become 20?”
Bill de Blasio: “See! HE gets it!”
— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) April 13, 2016
If Buzzfeed does a Black Twitter reaction listicle about thier own Buzzfeed video about Blk ppl
Does it mess with the space/time continuum ?
— DarkSkintDostoyevsky (@daniecal) April 13, 2016
It’s as if someone gave @BuzzFeedVideo a list of vile black stereotypes and said, “I can pay for three minutes.” They nailed it in 2:47.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 13, 2016
That video deserves every read it has gotten, but Buzzfeed has scores of employees. Not fair to blame every Black employee.
— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) April 13, 2016
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