Black TikTok creators have had enough!
As the backbone of creativity for the app, Black creatives often receive the short end of the stick when it comes to everything from partnerships to acknowledgment.
Now a recent trend has pushed them to the edge. An influx of white TikTokers took it upon themselves to create content to Nicki Minaj’s “Black Barbies”– a song made specifically with Black women in mind.
According to Newsweek, the Black creatives have taken it upon themselves to announce a strike!
Tired of appropriation, the Black creators took action, and now the hashtag #BlackTikTokStrike has taken flight via social media.
I am here for the #BlackTikTokStrike. White TikTokers have stolen dance trends on TikTok that were created by Black TikTokers and have made thousands of dollars, and have never given the original black creators credit.
This is what white TikTokers are coming up with. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/kvIMCmlMmI
— An Opinionated Qween (@opinionqween) June 23, 2021
Depriving TikTok of its main source of creativity, they refuse to create choreography to the latest trending songs which have ultimately led to mismatched routines under new tracks like Megan Thee Stallion’s “Thot S***.”
“Black TikTokers’ refusal to have their work and culture appropriated taps into a larger history of white capitalists profiting off the unpaid labor of Black Americans,” explained the Black feminist education collective TikTok account @defineandempower.co.
This moment has been coming for a long time as that the issues with Black TikTokers having their moves stolen from their white counterparts from the very beginning.
From Addison Rae’s interpretation of the dances on The Jimmy Fallon Show to influencers like Charli D’Amelio and her sister Dixie’s invite to the 2020’s NBA All-Star Game, Black TikTokers are always excluded from receiving recognition for the dances that they created.
We love to see these Black TikTok creatives take a stance to reclaim their time and prove that TikTok would be nothing without them.
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