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New York Post Called Out For Controversial Headline

If you haven’t heard, last week New York Post was called out for their controversial headline regarding Khabane Lame taking the new as Tik Tok royalty, dethroning long raining champion, Charlie D’Amelio. The headline, which read “Laid off factory worker unseats Charli D’Amelio as top TikTok star with 142.8M fans” set the internet Ablaze. The article, now revised to “Khabane Lame unseats Charli D’Amelio as top TikTok star with 142.8M fans” ( although you can still see the original title in the URL)caused quite the commotion and rightfully so. People wanted to know, why What's Charlie the only person who is given the Dignity of being called by her name while Khabane was reduced to only his position in a factory?

While appalling, this is not news when it comes to Black creators. We've seen this over and over again. Other creators will receive the recognition, influence, and money that Black creators never receive. This was noted during the Renegade challenge when stars like Charlie and Addison Rae, were featured on The Ellen Show, at halftime shows, and all over the Internet to perform a dance that they never created. While all of this was happening, the original Black Creator, Jalaiah Harmon, who started the trend never saw herself on these platforms performing her own dance. It was only after the black community rallied for this creator, did we see her perform her work on some of these platforms and through these mediums.

So even with all of this, the New York Post still was brave enough to post this title again, fortifying the fact that black creators are overlooked, underrepresented and are not held to the same esteem as other creators.

Even after receiving this backlash, the New York Post simply tweeted that they apologize for the headline and that it was updated. Other than that, there was no real recognition of their wrongdoing. They simply updated the headline and found that sufficient when it came to correcting the mistake of wrongly addressing this creator. When it comes down to it, this leaves black creators thinking what will it take? What will it take for Black creators to receive the recognition that they rightfully deserve? When will they also be held to the same esteem as their white counterparts? We've seen this throughout history with music, dance, and acting. In any artistic expression and art form, Black creators have been at the helm of it but have never reaped the rewards.

I for one would have loved to see the New York Post take this as a teaching moment and not only apologize for the headline but acknowledge their mistake and acknowledge how they can be a proponent of Black creators moving forward. Will they take this as a learning lesson? Who knows, but one can only hope that moving forward will be more cognizant of how the reference creators of color and their accomplishments.

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