As someone who loves GIFs, this is not a perspective I've considered before!
Ultimately, black people and black images are thus relied upon to perform a huge amount of emotional labor online on behalf of nonblack users. We are your sass, your nonchalance, your fury, your delight, your annoyance, your happy dance, your diva, your shade, your “yaas” moments. The weight of reaction GIFing, period, rests on our shoulders.
This is something I'm still taking this in and trying to decide how I feel or what I think about it. Like, I enjoy finding RuPaul's Drag Race GIFs to express myself but I'm not a drag queen or a gay male. Am I appropriating drag culture? Do I need to keep the Alyssa GIFs and skip the Latrice ones? Or is it okay because drag culture is explicitly performative? I don't know....
Dare I ask -- how others feel about this?
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