This Controversial Image Showing A White Woman Being Groped By 'Black' Hands Is Stirring Debate
"I will not allow my body to be exploited for any political agenda," said the artist.
May 15, 2019 at 2:23 pm
A provocative piece by a Slovenian artist is causing a heated debate on social media.
The ad, created by Katarina Stegnar, shows a nearly naked white woman being groped by what appears to be Black male hands.
Bad advertising 101.— TalkAbout™ (@talkaboutmag) May 14, 2019
This #hatebetter ad has been making the rounds on social media and everyone seems to be getting really confused with the message 😅.
Whats your take on this? What's the message behind this?
Let us know in the comments#TalkAbout pic.twitter.com/y9IyVezT3o
Upon further inspection, the hands actually belong to white women wearing black paint or makeup on their forearms.
The image is part of Stegnar’s #hatebetter campaign, according to AdLand. The campaign will be showcased at a festival and Stegnar’s gave a brief explanation of her movement in her artist bio.
“The regulation of female sexuality lies in the core of all patriarchal politics. Regardless of whether we are discussing the wearing of burkas, banning abortion or the demonization of female pleasure,” it read.
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“It ends now. No means no. I will not allow my body to be exploited for any political agenda. I am the mistress of my pleasure. I'll do with my body as I please, where I please and with whomever I please," the statement continued. "I love my Slovenian boyfriend, whether he is black, yellow, white, red or all the colors of the rainbow.”
Like any art, it can be interpreted in many ways and the debates happening on Twitter are proof.
Some people think the image is racist.
So... I get that this is supposed to be art about white people blaming their crimes on people of color and whatnot but.... was it really necessary to use this kind of image? This should come with a trigger warning! #hatebetter pic.twitter.com/hh9llKpPbG— Rama (@dailyphenomenal) May 15, 2019
Disgusting Anti-Black Maleness & wtf does #HateBetter mean?!?— Carla (@Tuniekc) May 14, 2019
Real Black Kings ain’t Thirsting for NeanderBecky Mayo like this!!
Save this shit for the Lost & Turned Out!! GTEFOH 🖕🏽#ADOSforLIFE💪🏽👊🏽 https://t.co/bBWCO83ZFO
There is no reason for such a sexist add. In a society where rape and sexual assault happen on daily basis.— Jantje (@jxntje) May 12, 2019
This promotes group raping.
If your not convinced, the hand are on the body so she accepts the touch.
There is no barrier inbetween.
The Black hand are racist. #hatebetter
Others believe Stegnar is calling out racism.
Actually I noticed that these are white men with black painted hands👀 The hands are painted black, to show how racist white people always blame the innocent black man. They “paint” the picture that the black man is violent😕 #hatebetter is awareness. https://t.co/h8cc6rTi6t— Daa'iyah✨ (@__daaiyah__) May 14, 2019
Someone said it’s awareness art so I interpreted it differently....— Jess🌻 (@eversincejess_) May 14, 2019
I think it’s trying to show how white people “paint” (blame) the black community as the ones that partake in assaults/crime when in reality it’s white people behind it.
Maybe the #hatebetter aims to expose that
If you look carefully you'll see the hands are painted black. I think its showing how black men are always blamed for crimes even when they are committed by white men. The #HateBetter could be a clue. https://t.co/gR53pL8r4M— ♚UncleMalume♚ (@GoonerMDH) May 14, 2019
The caption #hatebetter leaves me thinking that if you’re gonna hate people, don’t do so as a stereotype. The hands are *painted* black & some are female so maybe it’s pointing to instead of blaming mostly men of color for different types of assault to look in your own community https://t.co/eO8PuNBkVu— Jo (@jomoody23) May 14, 2019
White hands taking, harassing, & assaulting painted Black. At first glance you think it’s just Black people being criminals when in reality it’s white people pulling the strings, pitting us against each other, & hiding behind gaslighting & propaganda— sistah gürrl ✊🏾👑✨ (@MylahChandler) May 14, 2019
I LOVE this piece#HateBetter pic.twitter.com/F9esXiVp2N
The poster is on display in several places in the city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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