"Woman thinks Rihanna’s eyebrows are racist."
Scarlett Johansson playing a transgender character? Unacceptable.
“Wait, WTF?” Chavez recalled thinking on seeing the fashion magazine. "Why is Rihanna wearing chola brows?"
It is unfair, Chavez argued, that Rihana was able to instantly transform finely threaded brows into high fashion, whereas a Latina like herself would be deemed "trashy" for sporting them.
"As a minority, I know I’m always one step away from being judged negatively based on how I look," Chavez said. "I know that if I stepped out with these brows tomorrow, I would face such intense judgment that would just feed into the negative stereotype many minorities work very hard to avoid."
Chavez explained skinny brows have always been off-limits to her and
Despite acknowledging that skinny brows
At least one person -- whom Chavez cited in the article -- sort of agreed with her.
But there was scant evidence for her claim that
In fact, it was the other way around. Condemnation of Chavez' article reigned down from across the political spectrum.
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch was typically blunt.
Woman thinks Rihanna’s eyebrows are racist: https://t.co/bBJgU8eR2o— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 6, 2018
A lot of people were annoyed that Chavez felt the need to go ahead with her article after admitting that skinny brows were not an exclusively Latinia phenomenon.
I'm mad she knew that thin eyebrows didn't originate with Latino gangs and then continue to say that Rihanna wearing them is problematic. Girl stop, you're doing too much. 臘♀️ pic.twitter.com/WFJ37zcjtn— (((Jammy))) (@Carlisias) August 3, 2018
Still, Twitter managed to find a way to make the conversation at least partly about identity politics.
Dear South African child. Our Shoprite ladies started drawing their eyebrows years before Rihanna did, we will not let her and Vogue take this one away from us. pic.twitter.com/3AX4MHaUFV— SiphoSihle (@SihleTumani) August 1, 2018
I hope the same nb latinxs complaining about Rihanna “appropriating” thin eyebrows also call out their fellow nb Latinxs when they say the n word. pic.twitter.com/pUualMGKst— La Jodona Suprema (@lareinanegraa) August 3, 2018
And so Twitter again returned its natural state as a war of all against all.