Actress Drew Barrymore is being accused of cultural insensitivity toward “black creators” for posting a video of herself enjoying the rain, which at least one critic says is an appropriation of the “black men frolicking” trend.
Many social media users were confused by the criticism posted by TikTok user amushroomblackly, who chastised Barrymore for the video clip by saying she was a “colonizer” who made it possible for millions of her followers to “dismiss and disrespect the boundaries that black creators have set.”
Frolicking in the rain is now racist pic.twitter.com/L6nq3RxkJ2
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) August 26, 2022
The TikTok user was upset because she saw Barrymore’s video as an extension of a TikTok trend called “black men frolicking.” It began with the user thexsadxoptimistic filming himself happily running through a field of flowers. The clip got shared on Mashable in May and quickly went viral, inspiring other social media users to copy him. It allegedly spread to black women as well.
Barrymore, meanwhile, shared a short clip of herself enjoying the rain while she was standing in what appears to be the courtyard of a city building. “Whenever you can, go out into the rain. Do not miss the opportunity!” she tells followers gleefully.
That clip also went viral, with fans of the 47-year-old former child star embracing her happiness after she had such a difficult upbringing. “Watching her heal her inner child makes me so happy,” one person responded to the clip, which boasts more than 21 million views on TikTok.
Another user agreed, saying, “PROTECT DREW BARRYMORE.”
A previous video of hers from May also showed the actress enjoying getting wet in the rain.
Though Barrymore never said she was following the “black men frolicking” trend, the TikTok critic clearly believed she was. When critics came after her for responding too harshly to the actress, amushroomblackly doubled down and posted several more critical videos, reiterating her stance.
“When we say it’s racist, it’s racist,” she said during her reaction to Barrymore’s rain video.
And she’s not the only one taking issue with white people allegedly participating in the frolicking trend. Another user mentioned how only black content creators should be posting these types of videos, and that anyone who considers themselves “allies” should agree with that stance.
“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.”