Online dating is basically a mine field, especially if you're a black female. Takara Allen, a makeup artist from Adelaide, Australia, learned first hand how horrible people can be online, and her response to a jerk on Tinder who asked her to bleach her skin is making headlines.
"Don't think I'm a creep and I don't wanna be offensive or anything but I was just looking at your insta photos and just curious, but have you ever thought about bleaching your skin?? You'd look so much prettier if you were whiter!" read the surprising message Allen received on Tinder. Even though she was shocked, her response was perfect.
"Have you ever considered drinking bleach because the world would be so much prettier if you did," Allen wrote. She ended her response with a peace sign emoji before blocking the creep, Bossip reports.
"What goes on in people's heads that makes them think this is okay to say to someone? As if people of colour don't already struggle enough with the pressure to conform to a Eurocentric beauty ideals and standards, people like this add even more," she wrote on her Facebook page the following day.
"Not to mention the fact that as a mixed race woman people are constantly hitting me with the 'but you're so pretty, what are you mixed with?' bullshit when I simply say 'I'm black.' As if black can't be beautiful on its own and that I should be grateful to be mixed with something because whatever I'm mixed with makes the black 'okay' all of a sudden," Allen continued.
Allen also talked to the Daily Mail about the experience.
"I would never wish how I felt receiving that text message on anyone. I was devastated," Allen said.
Tinder's response has been swift and decisive: the man in question has been banned from the app.