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Is It Racist to Get Wet in the Rain? The Absurd Accusation Against Drew Barrymore

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ACTRESS and TV host Drew Barrymore is the star of a curious accusation of racism for a video she uploaded to TikTok. This time, she is accused of cultural appropriation for getting wet in the rain, allegedly copying “black creators”.

Upon seeing what looks like an innocent video of a cheerful Barrymore getting wet in the rain, one TikTok user went viral for calling the actress a “colonizer” and accusing her of “disrespect and dismiss the boundaries that black creators have set.”

The irritated user argues that Barrymore’s joyful dance is an attempt to participate in a new trend made popular by dark-skinned creators called “black men frolicking,” which involves running around and expressing joy in a dramatic fashion.

Apparently, the trend originated when a user uploaded a video of him running happily through a field of flowers, and it quickly spread to multiple creators running happily in different scenarios.

Barrymore’s post, however, does not allude to any trend. She simply invites her followers to “not lose the chance” to run in the rain “whenever they can.”

The joy of Drew Barrymore, who lived a tough childhood and spent a period of recovery in rehab centers under the not-at-all pious gaze of the public, seems to have triggered the anger of the TikToker.

“You and I both know that you are capable of enjoying the rain and frolicking freely without filming it and then posting it to TikTok,” the dramatic user said, visibly upset by Barrymore’s video. “You just co-signed at least three million, eight point five by eleven, front and back, people who just go out of their way to disrespect and dismiss the boundaries that black creators have set. And now you’re one of those people. So, I guess my question would be: why? Why is it so important to all of you to treat us like we don’t matter?”

When people came out in defense of Drew Barrymore for the absurdity of the criticism, the same person argued that defending a white actress and criticizing a black creator is also racist.

Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Has written for international media outlets. Currently living in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido en Venezuela y graduado en Comunicación Social. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Actualmente reside en Colombia.

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