The most entertaining thing about Snapchat is probably playing around with the fun filters, seeing yourself with weird eyes or a butterfly crown.
But unfortunately, the photo-sharing app took ANOTHER new filter too far!
The app designed a new option that users are calling “yellowface,” because it makes the subject’s face look like a racist Asian cartoon.
People flocked to Twitter to slam Snapchat for racism and cultural appropriation, writing:
We’re honestly surprised Snapchat execs didn’t realize how offensive the selfie lens was until AFTER all the backlash, but the company quickly removed it.
However, spokespeople for the app insists it didn’t mean any offense by the filter, telling The Verge that it was meant to be playful because it was inspired by anime.
Ummmmm. We’re pretty sure there are less racist ways to depict anime characters than the option they put out into the world.
But they seemed to have learned their lesson with this one; users will be relieved to know that filter won’t be put back into circulation.
Hopefully Snapchat will actually think before releasing a filter next time.
[Image via Twitter.]