It wasn’t long after a picture of 7-month-old Blue Ivy made its way to the Internet that the slander started. Facebook and Twitter posts  lamented the fact that Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter was starting to look like her father. There were mean-spirited jabs about her inheritance of his “big lips” and jaws, and prayers that a “wide nose” wasn’t in her future. Here are only a few of the comments I saw online:

Beyoncé really screwed up, having a baby by Jay-Z. His nose and lips are never going to look right on a girl.

Let’s pray Beyoncé’s genes kick in as B.I.C. gets older. All the money and talent in the world won’t take away from having Jay-Z’s features.

Nappy-headed kid. Wish Beyoncé had married a nice-looking man instead of Jay-Z.

The criticism of full lips, “nappy” hair, and wide noses in our communities is weighted. Some people would have you believe attractiveness is subjective, but the truth is our collective view of facial features is tangled in the web of racism. In our social imagination, European features set the standard for what’s beautiful, rendering broad noses and big lips ugly.

Writer Akiba Solomon also tackled the issue in her article for Colorlines, “On Baby Blue Ivy Carter and the Alleged Ugliness of Blackness.” She writes:

I knew if indulged in even a smidgen more about this little girl, I’d find myself walking among stunted souls who traffic in the idea that the full lips, large eyes, broad nose, and dark brown skin of a Jay-Z is inherently ugly […] I hope, in our media-saturated, appearance-obsessed society that is still so wounded by white supremacist aesthetics, baby Blue will find peace and joy in the simple act of living, no matter what she looks like.

Demetria Lucas echoed Solomon’s sentiments in a piece on, “Real Talk: Do We Believe All Black Is Beautiful?”:

If some of us are very honest, we’ll acknowledge that there are only certain “black” physical features that we as a collective find attractive. Curves? A blessing and curse. Full lips? Eh … depends on how full. Broad nose? On women, not at all. On men? Some get a pass, but not Jay-Z. Kinky hair? Not so much. There’s a reason most black women “prefer” perms, and even a lot of natural girls spend an inordinate amount of time and product trying to reconfigure their coils into curls.

It’s fair that some people simply don’t view Jay-Z as handsome. But when the public excoriates a baby for developing potentially “black” features, it’s our self-hatred that’s rearing its ugly head.

What are your thoughts on the Blue Ivy backlash, Clutchettes?

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  • Anon

    Well you got off of the “ride’ because you’re 49 and no one is checking for you anymore.

    And everyone isn’t going to be pretty. Everyone isn’t going to be smart. Folks need to stop lying to people because that doesn’t really help.
    At some point in time, you need to take what you have and work with that to best of your ability.

  • Precious926

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, speak the truth!!

  • Kittypetit

    all people (black white, fat skinny, handicapp or not) are beautiful. God makes no mistakes. It is so hurtful for people to say mean things about this woman’s baby. Imagine how that makes her fell, people?! No wonder she keeps the baby shielded I wouldn’t let the media or anyone shee my child because regardless if that child was born the spitting image of Beyonce(which I do see her features in Blue) the same ignorant types would have osmethign to say.
    Unfortunately there are ignornat and less evolved types who make such distasteful comments.

  • Susan murray

    I am so sick and tired of the cruelty that has been allowed to permeate our civilization. A new life is a gift. when I saw the pic of this child all i could think of is how much I would love to hold her and play with her and kiss those chubby little legs. she is a precious child and her parents are wonderful people. those who feel they are free to make a negative comment about any other person,let alone a wee, innocent baby need to ask themselves” what the hell is wrong with me?” i can’t help but feel the irony that this beautiful, blessed little one would probably smile and laugh and act happy if she was to meet these shamful souls. that is because she IS beautiful, she IS untainted by miserable, cruel people. Cjidren are innocent until they become affected by the like of people like those who would dare to feel they have the right to criticize an innocent child.
    shame on them…Pitiful, pathetic fools

  • Wow, I am so shocked and a lil confused when did it become ok to talk about someone elses child like this, she is beautiful whether she looks like her dad or her mom stop hating on God’s blessing to them, remember the saying if you cant say anything nice dont say anything at all ..Do any of you have kids and would you want someone talking about your child like this hell naw.. I pray that God blessing them with a house full of kids, and they all will look like Jay because Bey loves him sooo.. Get your life…..