I learned so much about Africa from pop culture before ever setting foot on this precious country's beautiful, red soil. One of the most influential films, obviously, was The Lion King. "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope." How different would life be if we ALL saw each others as equals? The circle of life has no colors, just love. #thesaviorqueen #alwaysroomontopofthefoodchain #pridefulonpriderock #hakunamatata
Learning to dance like a native. May the movement of my hips be as intense as the belief I have in myself! #anythingispossible #ifyoubelieve #inyourself #shakedatgrass #therealdeal #shakeandbake #ifshesfromafricawhyisshewhite #hipsdontlie #shakeitlikeapolaroid #gonativeorgohome #soulsisters #saviorsthatswaytogetherstaytogether #justicejams #shakeitoff #excusememyeyesareuphere #humanitarianhotty #praywhileyasway #glorifyinggrooves #thissaviorsalsas #congainthecongo
We are SO thankful for our recent $100,000 donation! We thought it most prudent to spent 60% of it on this baby! I truly believe the designer pink will propel our ministry forward in a way a typical drab color could not. SO blessed!!!! Now we can collect those tears faster then ever! Or was it teach? Or give out shoes? Whatevs. We can do what we feel is necessary faster than ever!!! #4wheelfashion #cruzinforabruisin #zoomaluyah #driven4him #fourwheeldrivesavior #cruisincrusader #wheelinanddealin #dealinlovethatis #allidoiswinwinwin #iwouldwalk500miles #butletsberealidratherdrive #blessed #lowridinsavin #givemethattoottoot #givemethatbeepbeep #myremixtoignition #hotNfreshonmymission #itsthefreakinweekendbabyimabouttosavemesomechildren #bouncebouncebounce
Who needs a formal education to teach in Africa? Not me! All I need is some chalk and a dose of optimism. It's so sad that they don't have enough trained teachers here. I'm not trained either, but I'm from the West, so it all works out. Good morning, class!! #barbiesaviortheeducator #wildwildwest #theyteachmemorethaniteachthem #whichmakessensecuzicantteach #PhDindelusionalthoughtprocesses #degreesplease #qualifiedisnotafeeling #godstillQUALIFIESthecalled #gettingschooledandoverruled
Instagram’s Barbie Savior is poking fun at people who suffer from the “white savior complex,” a term used to describe white westerners who travel to third world countries and make the entire journey an exercise in self congratulatory #sacrifice.
The account, created five weeks ago by two white twenty something year old women (who has chosen to remain anonymous), already has over 22,000 followers. Its creators are self professed former white saviors and say they draw from their own experiences of volunteering in East Africa.
“We were never as ‘savioresque’ as Barbie Savior, but we did things back in our White Savior days that we regret,” the creators told The Huffington Post via email.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the fly covered African child, to me: I lift my face to the sky to usher them home into my arms. #maybeonedaytheywillmakeastatueofme #saviorstatue #libertylovin #humblehugs #theagilityofhumility #imonlyone #buticanhugmany #letthelittlechildrencometome #justlikejesus #greatwhitehope #hugsforhumanity
“It really just started as a joke between us, a way to get some of these things off of our chest. Its hard to pinpoint the irony at times in real life… the wildly self-centered person veiled as the self-sacrificing saint.”
They’re shining the spotlight on people who fetishize and over-sentimentalize the experience of visiting Africa; those who turn smiling African school kids into living photo-ops, with captions like – “happy everybody is even though they’re so poor!“ and who never seem to specify exactly what country in Africa they actually visited (because you know, they’re just visiting the whole thing).
“The attitude that Africa needs to be saved from itself, by Westerners, can be traced back to colonialism and slavery,” added the creators of Barbie Savior. “It’s such a simplified way to view an entire continent.”
So to get their point across, they decided Barbie Savior’s Instagram would be full of satirical and outlandishly photoshopped images topped off with even more over-the-top hashtags and captions.
What are your thoughts on Barbie Savior? Is she doing a well enough job of hitting the white savior complex where it hurts?