I'm a millennial and am always going to be part of the "Vine was way better than Tik Tok club," but one of the most dominant figures on Vine, King Bach, is now being called out for the "coonery," as one user calls it, that he displayed on the popular 6-second video app back in the day.
At the time, we all thought nothing of it, just a quick laugh (literally with 6-seconds) that we would loop over and over again. But some users have gone back to the popular creators profile - and found how his 'agenda' on social media is reminiscent to that of minstrelsy.
Personally, I was in my early 20's, a college sophomore or junior maybe, and I really didn't think anything of it - just took it for the quick entertainment it was, a short chuckle and kept it moving. But given the sensitive environment we are in today, and trying to backtrack how we GOT here, there was a large level of stereotyping, even by black creators themselves.
There definitely was a creator named 'Jerry PurpDrank' after all.
Though we may be angered by the stereotypes - if they're that popular, does that make the content true? Some have said there's no difference in these creators and what popular stand up comedians, like Dave Chappelle would use as material. The difference? Chappelle uses his platform to also educate and speak about social injustices, as he did with his latest Netflix special; '8 46'.
So what do you say? Should they back off of these Vine Creators? Or rightfully so, they should be reprimanded?