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Why We Shouldn’t Shame the Viral ‘Dark Meat’ Prom Proposal Teen

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Prom season is just around the corner. In the age of social media, that means feel good stories, viral dresses, and viral “promposals” — the more extravagant and/or offensive, the better.

For those of us who are several years removed from high school, watching a “promposal” take place is basically like witnessing a train wreck, especially when these public events get racist.

Last year, a viral promprosal, which involved a white student having her black male intended getting “arrested,” as a prank, sparked some heated debates. This time around, a handful of teens are ending up Internet famous with racially-charged prom asks that invoke the dreaded name of Donald Trump, among other ridiculous gags. But the particular “will you go” message that really struck me, involved a black teenage girl, a non-black boy, KFC crowns, and the phrase “dark meat.”

The minute I spotted the image — first on Twitter, and then later in an online forum — I knew what was coming. There would be reasonable, sympathetic comments from pretty much only black women. But, there would also be a barrage of messages blaming everything from feminism, to black feminism, to “swirl” sites, to weaves, to skin bleaching, to low self-esteem, and poor parenting. Basically this image was the fault of all black women. It was also the fault of a poor misguided young black girl whose self-esteem issues came seemingly out of nowhere.

Folks have also been sharing the link to her (now private) Instagram account, where the black teenage girl in question has been throwing out some pretty ridiculous arguments to defend the picture. I have a feeling that years from now, probably in her early to mid-twenties, she’ll look back on this situation and cringe — like a full body cringe. Until that day comes, she’s got a lot of learning to do, and mocking her probably isn’t going to teach her anything.

 

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kalexa1
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kalexa1

So, what actually happened there then? I don’t get the situation.

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hmm

I think it’s cute. People need to stop getting offended about everything, especially when she is obviously not offended.

fromanotherplanet
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fromanotherplanet

Why is she holding the sign about liking dark meat if she is with a white guy??? Or was it the white guy who gave her the sign? If he did, shouldn’t he giving that sign to a black guy??? So many questions. I need answers y’all

Claudette UK
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Claudette UK

True. For many looking back, there is plenty of cringeworthy behaviour

SimplePseudonym
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SimplePseudonym

I’m willing to bet that this is an inside joke between the both of them that they should have kept b/w them b/c it rubs people the wrong way out of context.

This is what happens when EVERYTHING gets shared on social media.

Rose
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Rose

Good grief! They are kids in high school for goodness sake. I am glad that the young woman can take a pun/joke. She is obviously laughing about it too. Perhaps the “promposal” was an inside joke they had mentioned before. In other words, way more fascinating things are here to talk about. Some girls don’t even get to go to prom at all for a number of reasons!! This article is pathetic.

Cosita
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Cosita

I don’t understand why her face is blocked out to hide her identity and the other people some of whom just happen to be hanging around are not. Obviously these are minors. If this is being put out as a so called “controversial” photo to raise concern then ALL of the faces should be covered. This looks sketchy to me.

ToyotaBedZRock
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ToyotaBedZRock

Leave kids alone. Not everyone knows the fried chicken stereotype. Which is an odd one.

They are obviously in a playful sexual relationship. And the internet needs to let these love birds be.

Carmen Abe
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Carmen Abe

If all the kids are enjoying and sharing in the joke, then let them. A lot of hate will die with my generation, as a lot of hate died with my mom’s generation. Let the kids figure out how they want their world to be, and not let our old world steep them in hatred.

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