BuzzFeed's attempt at a subversive video featuring black people discussing black stereotypes certainly went viral -- but probably not for the reason they had hoped.
In "27 Questions Black People Have For Black People," a black subjects ask questions mostly based off racial tropes, without any additional substance, leaving many commentators feeling the social project simply perpetuated harmful stereotypes rather than addressed them.
"Why is growing up without a father so common in our race?" one man asked, for example, before swiftly moving onto the next subject, glossing over the fact that the myth of "absent black fatherhood" has been consistently debunked.
"There is an astounding amount of mythology loaded into this stereotype, one that echoes a history of efforts to rob black masculinity of honor and fidelity," the New York Times' Charles M. Blow wrote in June 2015. On a number of levels, said Blow, black fathers tend to be more involved in their children's lives more than other races. And, for those black fathers who are not as involved, mass incarceration and early death -- both of which black men are highly vulnerable to -- must be taken into account.
Suffice it to say, Twitter got pissed about the video. Like really, really pissed.
Check out the reaction in the gallery below:
BuzzFeed under fire for "Black Questions" video
BuzzFeed had black people ask 'Black Questions' and the internet tore them apart
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.
Let's get on the level: Almost every question in that video could be answered with "because we're still affected by systemic racism".
I was worried they were going to ask something like, "Why do we think it's more cool to go to jail than to go to college?" It was that bad.
@BuzzFeedVideo Sooo "Questions white people have for black people...but asked by black people so it seems OK" is what you meant? 🤔
"What's the problem with cooning if you're getting paid?" #BuzzfeedVideoQuestions https://t.co/yXN6ybeSOk
@BuzzFeedVideo Unsolicited White Lady opinion here but why does this piece feel like it was written by a white person? @ira
@BuzzFeedVideo @heavenrants @brokeymcpoverty how do things like this happen with y'all in the office?!