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I learned a new word today: blackfishing.
Former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has been accused of “blackfishing” in the week she launched her debut solo single “Boyz” with Nikki Minaj.
The term was coined by journalist Wanna Thompson back in 2018 and is used to describe someone accused of pretending to be black on social media by using makeup, hair products and, in some cases, surgery to drastically alter their appearance.
I checked it in the Uban Dictionary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Blackfishing
where it gave a definition as follows:
Commonly perpetrated by females of European descent (white) which involves artificial tanning (spray tanning and tanning booths) and using makeup to manipulate facial features in order to appear to have some type of Black African ancestry.
The general point of blackfishing is for a female of European descent to appear of African, Arab, or Hispanic ancestry.
Some consider it to be equivalent to modern day “black face” because it capitalizes off the looks of historically oppressed groups of people by people who come from more privileged backgrounds.
“Emma Hallberg is a beautiful mixed race Swede.”
“No, Emma isn’t mixed race, she’s just blackfishing.”
“They want to be black without being black.”