The filter mask, which Snapchat says was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, gives its wearer dreadlocks, Marley’s signature hat and, well, a black face.
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Some are calling it “digital blackface” – a modern form of the old theater practice that had white people coat their faces in black paint to play a black character.
“[It] gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music,” spokeswoman at Snapchat revealed.
“Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.”
A number of people are outraged by the filter, which adds dreadlocks to your head and makes your face appear darker and more angular.
Other users took issue with Snapchat highlighting Bob Marley as a weed smoker, rather than the legendary musician that he is.
This is not the first time a facial filter program has used a famous person of color as inspiration. Mobile app MSQRD, which was acquired by Facebook in March, featured a Barack Obama filter, which doesn’t appear to have come under the same scrutiny.
With its 100 million daily users, Snapchat is subject to more criticism.
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