“The Real” stands in solidarity with Blue Ivy Carter, Ari Lennox and Teyana Taylor after they were each criticized for their appearance.
Recently, #BlackGirlsMagic hashtag founder CaShawn Thompson changed her Twitter avatar to a childhood photo of herself in defense of Beyoncé 8-year-old daughter, who was mocked by journalists K. Austin Collins and Violet Lucca for how she looked in a pic with her mom and rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
After Collins, a Vanity Fair film critic, wrote, "I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her,” Lucca, a web editor for Harper's, replied, "They haven't already?"
Lucca added, “Or she'll just get plastic surgery at 16 a la Kylie Jenner and we'll all have to pretend that she always looked that way…I can't allow myself to feel too sorry for the incredibly rich!"
Additionally, Lennox and Taylor were disparaged by Twitter user @WinEverUwantIT in a New Year’s Day tweet that read, “Ari Lennox and Teyana Taylor's ability to have dangerously high sex appeal while simultaneously looking like rottweilers will always amaze me.”
On Tuesday’s live episode, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Amanda Seales reacted to the shocking story.
Seales immediately brought up the fact that a grown man and woman attacked a young child.
“Black children are often just not given the opportunity to be seen as children,” the “Insecure” actress exclaimed. “For somebody to be talking about this baby like this, it’s bad enough that you hating on grown women like this… You’re looking at this baby like she is on your same level, and that is scary to me because that means you don’t feel the need to protect her. And we need protect our babies, especially black children in this nation. We need to protect them.”
Love also discussed the importance of representation in the media to educate people about diversity.
“You’re talking about people being upset because we look a certain type of way. That’s not the way they’re used to. And you want to know why they’re not used to it? Because they don’t put us on the magazine covers. Because they don’t give us opportunities.”
Collins later apologized for his tweet writing, “I’m sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet — bad joke, and black girls in particular deserve better.”
While Lucca admits she “said something petty” and that “children of famous ought to be off limits,” she said she does not deserve to be “called ugly, old, and a racist.”
In response to being compared to a rottweiler, Lennox went on Instagram Live and questioned why black women face scrutiny on a daily basis.
“Why are you so comfortable tearing down Black women and no other race?” the singer remarked. “Look around, when are Hispanic women ever compared to dogs? When do they do that? When do they do that to white women?... They’re not doing it. They’re not.”
She also directly responded to the troll on Twitter, writing:
Negativity aside, Lennox urged mothers and fathers to “please love on your beautiful black children. Tell them they’re beautiful constantly. Tell them Black people are beautiful. Tell them black features are beautiful.”
Moms and Dads please love on your beautiful black children. Tell them they’re beautiful constantly. Tell them Black people are beautiful. Tell them black features are beautiful.— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) January 1, 2020
Seales added during Tuesday’s episode, “What Ari is really talking about, black women continue to be presented on this chopping block and not protected by our men, by each other… and by community.”