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Snapchat Is Getting Blasted Over This Controversial ‘Bob Marley’ Filter

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Some Snapchat users are complaining the app’s latest feature is offensive or downright racist.

The photo-sharing app on Wednesday added a new face-alerting filter meant to make users look like late reggae legend Bob Marley. The filter adds a Marley-style cap, dreadlocks — and darkens users’ skin tone.

That has some people complaining that the Snapchat filter is effectively a form of digital blackface.

Snapchat’s choice to release the Bob Marley filter on Wednesday could be related to 4/20, which is considered an unofficial marijuana holiday. The performer was known for his penchant for the drug and his family has licensed the Marley name to a brand of marijuana. However, the 4/20 tradition developed in California, not Marley’s native Jamaica.

A Snapchat spokesperson released the following statement on the filter:

“The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.”

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