A woman has been accused of blackface by online commentators who have taunted her because of her appearance.
However, there is more to this story than it seems at first sight.
Hannah Tittensor, 22, claims that her dark skin color is the result of an addiction to tanning and the medicine under the Melanotan counter, as well as tanning beds.
The beauty therapy student from Belfast, Northern Ireland told viewers this morning that she has subjected herself to prolonged exposure to harmful sun beds, accompanied by injections of the dubious tan-stimulating substance.
Hannah, who got hold of @dirtyyhippie_ on Instagram, has come under fire to tan so much that many people accuse her of using ‘blackface’, a wildly racist practice that gained popularity and contributed to it in the 19th century to the spread of racial stereotypes.
The student based in the United Kingdom was accompanied on the couch by her partner Ben Dunlop, 23, who also injects Melanotan and has been using tanning beds for 15 years.
Hannah has revealed that she has received comments suggesting that she should take her own life, count hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby:
I get really shallow things like, I would be better off killing myself.
She added that she would consider stopping the use of tanning injections, which have not yet been tested for safety for the UK drug market.
While addiction can affect everyone in a number of different manifestations and is nothing to mock, some commentators have criticized the couple for their dark ambitions.
Others expressed their concerns about their mental health and self-esteem online, suggesting that their body image could cause both mental and physical damage.
It was said that there was no difference between a tanning addiction and an operation addiction.
Although their skin color – thanks to the help of controversial products – may be technically natural, you must question a society that perpetuates beauty ideals, where it is desirable to imitate the physical aesthetics of a breed that is not yours.
Some may say that fetishism is at its most toxic – whether or not malicious by this pair.
It is a practice called ‘blackfishing’, a term recently used to describe someone who is accused of being black on social media by using makeup, hair products and in some cases surgery to drastically change their appearance .