Some of you may have read my previous fail post regarding Cute Overload. Well, I have some bad news. Thanks to an anonymous commenter I have learned of another epic fail on the cute site. There's a picture of a kangaroo (or wallaby, I'm not sure), in a post titled "The New Slave Girl, She Intrigues Me." The caption reads:
Something in her eyes — there is a fierceness to them, a smoldering, unquenchable fire that has consumed many a lesser man. It shall amuse me to break her spirit. Have her bathed and brought to my tent at midnight.Wow. Just. Wait, let me pull it together here.
Are you fucking kidding me? It's a picture of a kangaroo and you're going to caption it with something incredibly racist and triggering?? Oh, that's so witty and clever of you to refer to the systemic rape of WOC (could be specifically black women, given the history of systemic rape and violence of black women in the US, but it could be referencing some romanticized idea of slave women--I don't really need to know. It's fucked up either way).
Seriously. What the hell Cute Overload? I don't need racism and rape references with my pictures of cute things, especially since you've embraced the notion that cute = happy.
But, just so we're clear: THIS IS NOT HAPPY AND IT'S NOT OKAY.
Apparently the comments section has been closed, but the post is still up. I encourage you all to write and give the mods a piece of your mind: email@example.com.
**UPDATE** The name of the post has been edited. "Slave" has been omitted. The caption remains unchanged. Even without the word "slave" the caption is still triggeringly creepy and disgusting. So is this subtle change supposed to fix everything? Short answer: no.
**UPDATE** The post has now been removed. The above link will take you to an error page. I'm hoping they'll own up to this post and apologize, rather than just pretend it never happened, but I'm not holding my breath.
**UPDATE** They didn't own up to the post. Instead they decided to ridicule their readers. With this sort of response, it makes me wonder why they took down the original post in the first place. I mean, obviously they don't care if they're offending anyone.