File under: "They must have been high when they thought of this."
The spunky social media outfit Snapchat has designed a lens specifically for 4/20, the day designated as a celebration of all things marijuana. See, the lens lets you turn yourself into Bob Marley. Skin tone included.
Yes, the filter is a chance for everyone to try on blackface.
Oddly enough, the Marley lens is barely the most egregious example of neo-minstrelsy this week. For Nina, the Nina Simone biopic opening Friday, Zoe Saldana donned dark makeup to make herself look a little more like the great soul singer. As I wrote in my review, "At best, it's a distraction: Even if Saldana was blue in Avatar, we know she doesn't look like this. More pertinent, the High Priestess of Soul, who died in 2003, wore her blackness like a cloak of honor, especially in the years she spent fighting for civil rights. She didn't get it out of a makeup kit."
Or, presumably, from Snapchat.