People everywhere know Jackie Aina, not only as a makeup YouTuber but also as an activist for black people and specifically for black women. However, Nigerians on Twittersphere are talking about her for none of these feats; in fact, some people are accusing her of being a bully.
A selfie post on Twitter by veteran American singer Jeniffer Lopez also known as J.Lo, where she shows off her new look and “baby hairs” hairstyle, spurred on the sporadic turn of events. Jackie Aina, at first, responded in the comments with a meme that said: “She was so embarrassed.” She then went on to quote the image with a photoshopped picture of J.Lo in which the singer had a curtain for hair. She also tagged her sister below as the creator of the “artwork.”
— Naira Banks (@jackieaina) July 17, 2020
Some Twitter users, specifically Black Americans, filed under her tweet to laugh at the joke; chiding in that they found her antics extremely hilarious. Some others also pointed out that there were also discrepancies in J.Lo’s picture, highlighting that in the original image, her earring looked photoshopped as well.
Not the sims blinds pic.twitter.com/udLr6NVGHk
— ••• (@KiiaBia) July 17, 2020
Not Ms.Jackie clowning her 😭 I LOVE IT HERE pic.twitter.com/HXrrFvyrkT
— 𝕹𝖎𝖈𝖔𝖑𝖊 🧚 (@Nicol3RA) July 17, 2020
A lot of Nigerians were however of a sturdily different opinion, stating that Jackie Aina had bullied J.Lo unprovoked. Some stated that she was picking on J.Lo for doing baby hairs, a style where your front hair strands are gelled to the forehead, espousing that it was not exclusive to only black women.
1. How was JLo out of line?
2. Wtf is "baby hairs"?
3. What makes it a "black women" thing?
4. If you people are mad about "baby hairs" being a thing for blacks, why are you people pressed on buying foreign hairs?
Jackie Aina fucked up. Say it with your chest. No sidestepping. https://t.co/mKRzATarlF
— – Miebaka Joshua. (@Mie_Baka) July 17, 2020
So baby hair is for black people only? Someone even said JLo went out of line. 🤡
This thing of saying people of another race can't do what they love from another is such a daft take.
Plus, Jackie Aina was wrong.
— Rozay Akai (@RoseAkai2) July 17, 2020
For a segment of users, it was hypocritical of Jackie, since she’s always pointing out colourism and advocating for mental health, yet here she was harassing someone. They opined that it supposedly goes against everything she’s preached on.
Don’t be an online bully now and then jump on protecting other people’s mental health and becoming self proclaimed mental health advocates online when it suits you.
That Jackie Aina tweet is absolutely disgusting and highly insensitive.
It must be for clout or attention.
— ✨👑 DaddyMO👑✨ (@therealdaddymo1) July 17, 2020
I’m a Jackie Aina stan but going all the way to edit J-Lo’s picture was uncalled for. You can’t say you hate being bullied as a black woman and go ahead to do the same. There’s no outrage because it’s a white woman. It’s totally wrong. And unfair.
— Brown Sugar 🤎 (@yettyclassy) July 17, 2020
Why is this tweet still up? You’re being a bully and it the tables were turned, you’ll scream down all of social media.
Unnecessary, highly unnecessary. https://t.co/YA2gV0Uj9m
— מַלכָּה (@ladytiffs_) July 17, 2020
Others also asserted that Nigerians stay out of the conversation, declaring that J.Lo and the African American community have a long-strained history, where Jlo is known to “steal” from black women.
Once again Nigerians are the only ones butthurt at Jackie Aina’s tweet,tone deaf af embarrassing us.
The AA community have beef with JLo cos she’s been allegedly stealing from black women for decades. I love her but if they want to clown her, let them have it.
Mind your business
— #TheRicherSinglemom book (@TheOliviaLife) July 17, 2020
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