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Twitter Users Attack ‘Sell-Out’ Black Celebrities

Common accepts the award for best original song in a feature film for “Glory” from “Selma” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Common accepts the award for best original song in a feature film for “Glory” from “Selma” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Mike Wendling, BBC

(BBC.com)—Hugely popular black American celebrities are at the receiving end of criticism by black Twitter users using the hashtag #BlackCelebsBeLike.

“Racism was an issue for hundreds of years. Then I got money. I think it’s all good now.” That’s just one sarcastic tweet out of more than 13,000 in the past 24 hours shared under the tag #BlackCelebsBeLike.

“We all the same … There’s no racism with the Internet,” one tweet read. Another asked: “How can I complain about racism in Hollywood when we have a Black president?”

Most of the tweets were meant to be heavily ironic and came from African-Americans, attacking the supposed stances of celebrities on everything from interracial relationships to income inequality. The prevailing sentiment was that many famous people turn their back on black causes – in other words, that they get rich and sell out.

 

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