People on the Internet Can Be Hella Racist

Riley Escobar

Anonymous
I won an award for my web series, Awkward Black Girl, and then the racists tweets came out of the woodwork - Issa

Whenever I forget that I'm black, nothing reminds me faster than being called a “nigger” or “niggerette,” as one Twitter user so eloquently and politely put it. She must be French.



The crazy thing is, I've actually never been called a “nigger” in real life, you know like to my darkie face. It's actually a shame, because I have so many witty comebacks prepared for when it happens, i.e., “Nigger?! [neck roll and snap] Oh no you didn't, Massa!” ©

In the online world however, which is where most of my social life resides, the word is tossed about as freely as it was in the 50s and 60s, before the Internet even existed. Users hide comfortably behind their computer screens and type the most obnoxiously offensive things they can think of and thirstily WAIT for an angry response; a validation of their modest efforts.

Take Monday night, for example. After campaigning via Twitter and Facebook for several weeks, our web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” beat out 783 other web series to win the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show. For the unfamiliar, the Shorty Awards honor the best in social media and Internet content, so it was quite the honor that: 1) our viewers rallied to nominate us into the top five shows and 2) the Shorty Award committee recognized our impact on the web series community.

So it was with great pride that I announced our accomplishments via Facebook and Twitter, much to the mutual excitement of our awesome supporters. And that's when the Internet-equivalent of the Tea Party appeared:



In particular, producers and fans of two of the other nominated web shows were outraged. Particularly because many had traveled to and paid to attend the New York ceremony, ready to receive what was obviously due to them.

When the announcement came, they listened with bated breath. Best Web Show was one of the last categories announced, and fans in the audience had to sit through what felt like thousands of awards until the winner was finally named. Then, the award show's two hosts shouted, “Awkward Black Girl!” and it was all over.

It was bad enough that fans had traveled all this way and lost, but to lose to a “black show” that they had “never even heard of?!” The NERVE! The Shorty Awards “are bullshit,” they cried. Completely unfair.

I can only imagine their confused anger at the fact that their “envelope-pushing,” irreverently racist comedy shows lost to something called, “Awkward Black Girl” -- it not only makes me laugh, but it reminds me of why I wanted to create ABG in the first place.

I was a huge fan of shows in the 90s, specifically because there were SO many shows of color on the air at the time. Fresh Prince, Living Single, New York Undercover, Martin, Moesha, the list went on and on, and on every channel! Maybe it was Y2K's fault, but since the 90s, black shows in particular haven't been given the chance to evolve on television.

I found myself relating more to the humor in shows like The Office, 30 Rock and Arrested Development, but the relatable characters of color in these shows were far and few. With Awkward Black Girl, I set out to change that. I wanted to create a character who was racially specific, but who goes through universally uncomfortable social situations, so you're forced to relate to her, no matter what color you are.

But, as was demonstrated by some of the Shorty Award tweets, some people can't get past the “black” in the title. The bewilderment that our show not only exists, but that it could actually be good is indicative of how mainstream media thinks. I'm pretty sure none of the people tweeting that I'd only get three-fifths of my award had even seen an episode of our show, but they were 100 percent positive that it couldn't be as good as whatever it is someone who didn't look like me produced.

This mindset is exactly why creative shows of color don't get to exist on television anymore. There's an overbearing sense of entitlement that refuses to allow shows of color to thrive. How dare we even try?

The next morning, in a pleasant twist, I noticed that one of the members of the web series who had initially written something negative about us, tweeted us again: "OK. So I actually watched an episode of your Shorty Award-winning web show and it's really quite good. Congrats."

And that, to me, was the best thing ever. Amidst the anger, hatred and the obnoxious quest to be offensively extreme, she put all of that aside and acknowledged that she enjoyed the show. It's what gives me hope and keeps me going. It's the type of bravery to be admired. Because, really, it takes sour grape-sized balls to start a trending topic (#ThingsBetterThanAwkwardBlackGirl) about a show you haven't seen.

All in all, I just want to thank the sore losers for promoting the hell out our web series and most importantly, for causing it to exist. Because of your ignorance and extremism, you've made it possible for us to succeed. You've actually made people grateful that a show like this exists to combat what you do. You helped us WIN! And thank you so much for continuing to lose, we're really grateful for it.
 
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Juan Dan

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they were prolly black
its the net
wite people pretend to be black and black people pretend to be wite and all sorts of other fukries

raycism has become to mean "badwords"
 

Wadadlineko

Registered User
Wow! I remember watching the entire show like two months ago. Totally loved it. Congratulations to her. I hear a second season is coming out. Can't wait to see it if its true. And @Jigga Boozy you do have a point there. Cause it could well be black men pretending to be wite spewing dem stuff dey cause they vex about who she ended up with in the show. -_____-
 

mysticbluejay

Registered User
I love that show as well; it's so funny.

Lately white people have been getting upset and posting racist tweets because of the recent accomplishments and media coverage that black people have been receiving. First it's hunger games and the racist tweets that followed and now it's awkward black girl and more racist tweets.

I'm pretty sure those tweets were from whites (i think 1 latino can't remember) the profile pictures show it (if you look it up), if pics aren't evidence enough some of those are known people, as one of them is apparently a "comedian" ....
 
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Juan Dan

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You are such an idiot. My God.
wouldnt you say a large majority of the people who go on the internet to "have fun, pass time, cause trouble, say whats on their mind" etc would say things that might come off as "racist"
I read the opinions on yahoo, worlstar and couple newspapers
its one of my favorite things
for example when readers send letters to the editor in papers or comments
quite amusing

hence stop terming things "racist"
call it what it is

a "hater" or childlike humor person
wayyyyyyyyy different from rayciss


:rabbi::rabbi::rabbi::rabbi::rabbi::rabbi::rabbi::rabbi::rabbi:
 
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Juan Dan

Guest
I love that show as well; it's so funny.

Lately white people have been getting upset and posting racist tweets because of the recent accomplishments and media coverage that black people have been receiving. First it's hunger games and the racist tweets that followed and now it's awkward black girl and more racist tweets.

I'm pretty sure those tweets were from whites (i think 1 latino can't remember) the profile pictures show it (if you look it up), if pics aren't evidence enough some of those are known people, as one of them is apparently a "comedian" ....
preciselimos aka precisely

you need somebody to spit in your fukkin face and call you a foe hass mongkey
then you can talk


:ph34r::angel::mad
 

NASDAQ

Registered User
they were prolly black
its the net
wite people pretend to be black and black people pretend to be wite and all sorts of other fukries

raycism has become to mean "badwords"
dat mek sense? why would black people be upset that another black person won then make a joke about the dead body of an innocent black kid that was murdered?
 
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Juan Dan

Guest
dat mek sense? why would black people be upset that another black person won then make a joke about the dead body of an innocent black kid that was murdered?
yes cause people are fukd up grimy and cruel

that shouldnt surprise you

isnt it black people who are the most descriptive when it comes to "jokes" and "insults"?

a wite person could NEVER make a comparable "you black like .........."

"yo momma like .................."
"you poor like................."

etc etc etc

in any case the main point is that from my experience with folks
especially black folk
they go on the net and instead of being nice wonderful people
on average people are mean and over the top


:russian_r:russian_r:russian_r
 

mysticbluejay

Registered User
preciselimos aka precisely

you need somebody to spit in your fukkin face and call you a foe hass mongkey
then you can talk


:ph34r::angel::mad

excuse me what exactly are trying to say?

whether he is attempting to be funny or not racism is still racism and he is makes his opinions known. so he's being honest about it. Some people are bold enough to be outright racist and not care what people think.....sometimes I loose faith in people. I'm hoping society can mature one day.
 
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NASDAQ

Registered User
yes cause people are fukd up grimy and cruel

that shouldnt surprise you

isnt it black people who are the most descriptive when it comes to "jokes" and "insults"?

a wite person could NEVER make a comparable "you black like .........."

"yo momma like .................."
"you poor like................."

etc etc etc

in any case the main point is that from my experience with folks
especially black folk
they go on the net and instead of being nice wonderful people
on average people are mean and over the top


:russian_r:russian_r:russian_r
yeeea i see your point

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jolie

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when ppl succeed there will always be someone trying to bring them down. she shouldnt even have acknowledged the person, just come with another season and win again to shut her up.
 

Oneshot

where de crix
when ppl succeed there will always be someone trying to bring them down. she shouldnt even have acknowledged the person, just come with another season and win again to shut her up.
exactly, her race was just used as target to take low blows at her.

bad words is true, hate comes in different flavours, racism, religious intolerance, bigotry same ish.. y'all some hypocritical mofo's too, cause no problem when a reggae artistes says death to battymen, but hey that's life *kayne shrug*
 

NASDAQ

Registered User
. y'all some hypocritical mofo's too, cause no problem when a reggae artistes says death to battymen, but hey that's life *kayne shrug*
but it IS death to battymen. God didnt say racism was wrong, but he did say thou shall NOT lay with man the way he should lay with a woman
 
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