The TikTok user did not clearly explain what specifically made Barrymore’s post racist, and instead spouted clichéd platitudes from the doctrine of critical race theory that mean nothing.
“You’ve just cosigned at least 3 million people who just go out of their way to disrespect and dismiss the boundaries that black creators have set,” she said. “I guess my question would be ‘why… is it so important to all of you to treat us like we don’t matter?'”
Predictably, many people were confused by this and took to Twitter to speculate what she meant.
Some reports state that black women would not frolic in the rain for fear of ruining their hair, so Barrymore was expressing white privilege in that respect.
To those confused by her alleged point.
I don’t know if this is correct, but a friend said that because many black women don’t like to get their hair wet, they would never shoot such a video. So, a white woman happily filming herself getting her hair wet is racist.
— Lair13 (@LarenWay) August 26, 2022
Another theory is that Barrymore is apparently co-opting a trend called “black men frolicking.”
No. I think the issue is a black tiktoker created a viral video of him frolicking which created a trend of black tiktokers frolicking. & black tiktok often gets triggered when white tiktokers hops on a black trend, they feel they are appropriatin & stealin their shine kind of.
— Javon damarcus Lemon (@TheManOnAMoon) August 26, 2022
Apparently the online trend of taking a walk in the falling rain was started by a black person in May, and became an immutable object of black culture.
After receiving confused responses, @amushroomblackly released another video, insisting on Barrymore’s racisim.
“When we say it’s racist, it’s racist,” she said.
Another user mentioned that anyone who considers themselves an “ally” should consider black people when making videos like these.
“If you’re a good ally, you know when to take a step back and re-evaluate your choices. And stop,” he said. “Let black people experience black joy with each other for once.”
The website World News Daily recently published a compendium of 99 things, most of them utterly absurd, that have been declared racist in recent years.