R&B singer Omarion has faced severe criticism on social media for taking to the stage and eating watermelon in front of fans, Media Take Out has learned.
During Verzuz’s unflattering performance, Omarion and his brother Oryan took the stage and began eating the red fruit while the ladies in the crowd looked on. Many viewers seemed stunned by the images.
As you can imagine, Black Twitter is in an uproar demanding Omarion’s cancellation. Looks:
The watermelon stereotype is a racist and hateful stereotype created by white supremacists in the United States. According to the stereotype, African Americans have an unusually large appetite for watermelons. This stereotype is widespread into the 21st century.
The first published cartoon of black people gorging on watermelons is said to have appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper in 1869. Defenders of slavery used them to portray African Americans as simpletons who were happy when provided with watermelons and a little rest.
The consumption of watermelon by the slaves was also taken by the people of the South as a sign of their own supposed charity. The stereotype was perpetuated in minstrel shows, which often portrayed African Americans as ignorant and lazy, who indulged in song and dance, and were overly fond of watermelons.
For several decades in the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, the stereotype was promoted by caricature in print, film, sculpture, and music, and was a common decorative theme on housewares.
During Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and Barack Obama’s presidency, watermelon imagery was used by his detractors
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