Woman Faces Accusations Of 'Blackface' For 'Transforming' Herself Into Kobe Bryant

A woman is facing accusations of blackface after she attempted to recreate herself as Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant, a legendary NBA player, sadly passed away at the age of 41 in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. The crash claimed the lives of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six other family friends.

Bryant was widely recognized as one of the greatest players in NBA history, having won five championships.

In an attempt to pay tribute to the former Lakers star, a TikToker decided to transform herself into Bryant using makeup.

However, the video has garnered significant attention for all the wrong reasons, going viral due to the controversy surrounding the use of blackface.

The Instagram user @easy_baobo shared two posts showcasing her makeup transformation into Kobe Bryant. These posts have garnered over 200,000 views combined.

While the content gained viral attention, it also sparked considerable backlash, with many accusing the influencer of engaging in blackface.


Kobe is forever in my heart #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #kobebryant24 limitation makeup not imitating people just respect

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Blackface refers to a type of makeup that non-Black individuals used in the past when portraying Black characters in plays or performances. It was often associated with spreading harmful stereotypes and fueling racial biases.

Although the influencer intended to honor Bryant, who was also recognized with an Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball, many people feel that she has crossed a line.

One person expressed their opinion by commenting: "You have a great talent but you know this is 'blackface' right?"

"Arrest her at once," someone else wrote.

"What made you think it was OK to do this," a commenter expressed.

"This is disrespectful. Where's Vanessa [Bryant] so she can sue," a viewer thought.

"I don't know how to feel about this," another admitted.

On the other hand, there are individuals coming to the influencer's defense, stating that her creation should be seen as a form of artistic expression and that she had no intention to cause harm.

One person shared their perspective by commenting: "She doesn't have any I'll intentions with this, just like any of her other videos, she creates realistic makeup for other celebrities."

Another internet user added: #Don't let these haters get you down. Your makeup looks amazing and I know that's why you posted it. Everyone needs to chill."

"The talent is actually incredible," another insisted.

Someone else wrote: "I could see if she was purposefully doing this to be harmful to people and put off a bad image but it's only art. There is no hate about it."

A fifth stated: "This is honestly pure talent too many snowflakes cut your crying out! Good job."

The creator of the content has also expressed her own defense in a follow-up post, stating: "Kobe is forever in my heart limitation makeup not imitating people just respect."