Adore or despise them, GIFs are integral to the social experience of the Internet. But even a casual observer of GIFing would notice that, as with much of online culture, black people appear at the center of it all. Or images of black people, at least. Many of our most beloved entertainment genres owe at least part of themselves to the minstrel stage, including vaudeville, film, and cartoons. While often associated with Jim Crow—era racism, the tenets of minstrel performance remain alive today in television, movies, music and, in its most advanced iteration, on the Internet. Unlike other physical executions of blackface such as by Robert Downey Jr. Digital blackface uses the relative anonymity of online identity to embody blackness. Digital minstrels often operate under stolen profile pictures and butchered AAVE. Quite often it comes in the form of an excessive use of reaction GIFs with images of black people.
Does he wear diapers? Is he actually Baby Yoda? How did this wee munchkin end up in a floating crib?
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I asked, he refused. It is a new experience yet for me as I have only been married 6 months to a doctor. I find that I walk on egg shells when he is home. Narcissism, androgyny, obsession with pop cultureвthe problems with Western women go on and on. I excused canceling plans, seeing each other only once a week, not being able to text much, etc. She might be everything you want, but in her eyes you are not what she has been dreaming of her whole life. To embrace each others needs and interests, it seems I am destined to long for this connection into eternity. We decided early on that having only one working parent was critical -- I am always the one that flexes to his schedule like it or notand staying home with our child enables me to do that. How long did you date him and put up with that.