What was BuzzFeed thinking?
BuzzFeed has made a killing off of viral videos over the years, and while a lot of their productions usually have a very open, honest, and candid approach to their subject matter, their most recent one has ruffled the feathers of the Internet pretty harshly.
The outlet released their latest video called “27 Questions Black People Have for Black People,” which followed other series such as “Questions Black People Have for White People,” “Questions White People Have for White People,” and the intriguingly controversial, “Questions White People Have for Black People.”
What was meant to be an innocent, playful viral video turned into a disaster when users on social media ripped it to shreds after the questions asked sparked outrage. Thousands of viewers and users chimed in on the protest, which led to the viral hashtag #BuzzFeedVideoQuestions that mocked the site for their ignorance.
See the Internet’s reaction to the latest BuzzFeed video!
After the video’s release, many black people took to social media to bash the website for the questions that were presented.
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 13, 2016
Twitter became an ugly site once users watched the video, as many claimed that these are not typical questions they ever hear black people asking about other black people. With prompts like “Why is it so hard to be on time?” or “Why do black people think that lighter skin is better looking than darker skin?” the outrage was very prominent on social media. Users found it disheartening to see people being categorized into broad and ugly stereotypes.
While many were trying to hunt down the actors in the video itself to confront them for taking on the job, others pitched their own questions.
Tons of users were looking to find the actors who participated in the video. Some believed that they were either paid a very large check for their contributions, or that they were recruited by ignorant friends to participate. Either way, the Internet had a lot of questions for them.
Meanwhile, users created the #RealBlackPeopleQuestions hashtag on Twitter, with tons of users participating in actual fact-based questions that went against the stereotypes that BuzzFeed painted.