Snapchat Pisses People Off With Yet Another Racist Filter
If you can spot why slanted eyes and big teeth might be offensive, you're a step ahead of Snapchat
If you noticed something a little, um, off-color about Snapchat on Tuesday, you were not alone. There was a filter that gave you prominent teeth and cartoonish, slanted eyes. If that sounds like racist stereotyping of Asians, that’s because it was! Apparently inspired by anime, users were quick to get angry and call it out for what it was: yellowface.
— Maggie Roque (@mhroque) August 9, 2016
— baby wasabi (@limb_light) August 9, 2016
— grace (@tequilafunrise) August 9, 2016
It’s hard to imagine this went unnoticed at Snapchat before the filter launched, but then again, this isn’t the first time the company landed itself in considerable hot water over racially insensitive filters. Who can forget the infamous Bob Marley blackface filter? And then there were the accusations that many of their filters whitewash faces by lightening skin and making noses and chins smaller.
— Ken Yeung (@thekenyeung) August 10, 2016
A spokesperson for Snapchat told Daily Dot the filter was not intended to be offensive, but what else were they going to say? This particular filter was pulled and isn’t going back into circulation, but these kind of unforced errors make you wonder if the people at Snapchat HQ are simply too busy turning themselves into dogs and pineapples to look at things they’re pushing out to the public.