Friday, March 25, 2011

Do we really want to go there? Twitter's Trending Topic of #White people stink

Twenty five percent of Twitter users are Black people. We know there is no digital divide, with Black people having equal or greater access to technology and Internet, using it for purposes other then accessing M.I.T's OpenCourseWare class material (even being your teacher wouldn't improve Black test scores in science).

No amount of Right Guard can help white people
We already know that Black people use Twitter in an interesting manner, as this article posted on Salon illustrated:
Nevertheless, Brendan Meeder thinks he's got a good hypothesis about what's going on. Meeder, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, has downloaded the tweets of more than 100 million users. (Twitter gave him special permission to do so for research purposes.) He's been probing this collection to see how Twitter users interact with one another; he's particularly interested in how trends begin and spread through a social network. While analyzing his database a few months ago, Meeder noticed something strange—he found a cluster of hundreds of users whose profiles were connected to one another. When he looked up the users, he noticed that a lot of them were black. It's in exactly these kinds of tight-knit groups that Twitter memes flourish, Meeder says. "It's my impression that these hashtags start in dense communities—people who are highly connected to each other," Meeder says. "If you have 50 of these people talking about it, think about the number of outsiders who follow at least one of those 50—it's pretty high at that point. So you can actually get a pretty big network effect by having high density." 

Not only are the people who start these trends more tightly clustered on the network, they're also using the network differently. Most people on Twitter have fewer followers than the number of people they're following—that is, they're following celebrities, journalists, news organizations, and other big institutions that aren't following them back. But according to Meeder, the users who initiate blacktags seem to have more reciprocal relationships—they're following everyone who follows them. Tigress_Lee, the user who helped spark #wordsthatleadtotrouble, has 1,825 followers, and she's following 1,873. BigJamaal has 11,962 followers, and he's following 11,203. These patterns suggest that the black people who start these tags "are using Twitter as a social tool," Meeder says. "They're using Twitter like a public instant messenger"—using the service to talk to one another rather than broadcast a message to the world.

Now for the caveats. There is an obvious problem with talking about how black people use Twitter, as many of the black Twitter users I spoke to took pains to point out: Not all black people on the service are participating in these hashtags, and there are probably a great many who are indifferent to or actively dislike the tags. "It's the same issue I have with certain black comedy shows," says Elon James White, a comedian who runs the site This Week in Blackness. "They put out these ideas of blackness that—if it were someone of another race saying them—you'd go, 'Whoa, that's racist!' I remember when #ifsantawasblack hit, I lost my shit. I was freaking out. It was literally a game of, What's the most racist thing we can say? And it was black people saying it!"
Which brings us to the latest trending topic on Twitter courtesy of Black,  #white people stink:
In today's episode of When Social Networking Goes Wrong, #White People Stink is a trending topic on Twitter.  

The multicultural makeup and quasi-anonymity of the site make it a breeding ground for discussions of themes with a racial slant. Some are uncomfortable but funny, some are controversial but thought provoking, and then, on days like today, there are those that have no redeeming qualities.

 Whether the origin of this latest offensive hashtag can actually be blamed on "Black Twitter," you can guess where the backlash has been directed.

Check out some recent responses below:
The "White people stink" trend on twitter is bringing out a lot of racism ... on both sides ... *feels uncomfortable*
"White People Stink." is trending. If it was "Black People Stink." the whole world would be in uproar.
White people stink. Asian people think. Funny people joke cause the black people broke ..
if White People Stink the stench is from money #Inheritance lol
Now that white people stink is trending, a whole lot of white people are having fun saying nigger
White people stink? Knowing that birth control and the Pill has been shown to alter the olfactory senses of females, theories that different racial groups consider the odors emanating from a member of a different racial group's body to be offensive or disagreeable could have some validity. Thomas Jefferson certainly thought so.

Apparently the barbaric hordes of white people exude a most malodorous air, a veritable symphony of aromatic displeasure to Black people. This vexing problem caused by the persistent and odoriferous perspiration of white people  is worthy of a trending topic on Twitter. Anything less would uncivilized, right?

The only Old Spice Guy in our book: Ash
It's good that important topics such as the bizarre scent of white people are of extreme interest on Twitter and we are hopeful that a nosegay can be located to protect Black people from this offensive deluge of unwanted odors.

Old Spice once utilized Bruce Campbell as the paragon of manliness, cleanliness and the gentlemen whose aroma the ladies found most alluring in its advertisements. He was replaced with the Old Spice Guy, Isaiah Mustafa. From a marketing standpoint, both ad campaigns have been interesting, though the quintessential deodorant commercials will always be the Right Guard campaign from the early 1990s.

What's the point of all this? If you bathe regularly, shower and use soap, shampoo and a good cologne, the chances of a member of your race or another racial group finding your body odor will decrease exponentially.

We have no idea if racial groups smell differently to other racial groups, nor do we propose any scholarly attempts at proving this theory through the scientific method (though taking a Flip cam onto MARTA, the D.C. Metro or the 7 Train in New York and doing this experiment would provide hilarious video).

Stuff Black People Don't Like finds the entire debate absolutely hilarious, that Black people would even spend time discussing the lamentable hygiene of white people when the vast majority of Blacks in America rarely encounter white people.

White people go out of there way to live in cities with a dearth of Black people, not because they smell bad, but because white people don't want to live around Black people.Same goes with Asians and increasingly Hispanics.

White people don't even want to be around them in cyberspace.

In summation: Black people saying that white people stink is pretty funny. How often do Black people really encounter white people in real life?

Cleanliness is next to Godliness. This is a truth that everyone should hold dearly, yet Black people find the scent of white people most egregious to their persons.

Of course this Twitter Trending Topic was just a joke, but sometimes the best jokes ask questions that were never intended to be answered.

Do white people smell different to Asians and Black people? Is that a question we really want to pursue? All thanks to Black people utilizing social networking in an odd manner.





37 comments:

South East Asian said...

Are you sure? more stinky than blacks?

LOL

Anonymous said...

So glad to know that I stink! Whatever will keep blacks away from me is something I wholeheartedly promote.

Anonymous said...

Blacks smell horrible.

If you've ever played a sport with them, you KNOW this.

(They also get ashy elbows and knees, a fact that we used to laugh ourselves silly about. Add a ton of Pomade, wait 5 minutes, and that elbow was as dry as a bone! LOL!)

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to get up in arms over this one. I'm just going to sit back and let the blacks folks make fools of themselves, something they do very, very well.

Anonymous said...

Get real. Between the black girls coming to school smelling like urine with strawberry "perfume" covering it up (not working!) and the nastiest BO of all time that literally spread through an 1100 square foot YMCA locker room left by a black after playing B ball, I mean get real. Don't even get me started on the black women never washing dey haid AND being chemically scalp burned and/or being covered by a bad wig all day, P-U! As an aside I must say the air is must fresher here without self professed chubby face and white womens' hair coveter Dezzie around.

Anonymous said...

LINK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXGfX05s_rA&feature=related

This is supposedly at uni?

Good grief! (if this sort of thing is typical in the U.S., I confess I'm glad not to live there - no offense intended)

Anonymous said...

I have a black girl in my bio lecture that smells so bad that people have started dousing themselves with perfume/cologne to mask the odor. Its her head. Black gals don't wash their head, as this would ruin their Doo. They will go weeks without washing their scalps. To me, it smells like ass+stale McDonalds. The black bucks just smell like stale McDonalds, BO, and cheap cologne. I actually find it refreshing we I am in lab and the instructor opens the fridge with all the culture samples, the foulness of the microbes drowns out the foulness of LaKeisha and ShaRhonda.

Anonymous said...

let's go on twitter and start #blacksaredumb see how they react.

Desiree said...

That this is a trending topic says a lot about 'white smell' to people of color. Not surprisingly, SBPDL, your commenters don't deny the accusation of 'funkiness', but project it.

Some white people, to me, smell like either an old woolen blanket (as a knitter, I personally like the smell of wool but not so much on a person) or they will smell like stale cigarettes. Sometimes sweat, but that's usually guys.

But BO is a personal thing for every individual 'sniffer'. Some men enjoy smelling women's underwear after a few days of wear. Some people are very sensitive. I remember reading that a woman leaned in to her date to give him a kiss on the cheek and he smelled very faintly of corn; this turned her off to the point she could not date him anymore!

Black people have a unique smell to me that can sometimes be nostalgic: sometimes body spray, incense, essential oils, cologne, hair products, etc. Latinos always smell like spice and laundry detergent to me. I always liked Amy Tan in 'The Joy Luck Club' remarking on the smell of a Chinese home; she wrote that the character could feel the 'stickiness' with her nose.

I think 'stink' is negative. If you don't have detectable body odor, you don't stink. And all people are capable of being smelly, and it generally smells the same, body oils and odors.

I just have one rule: shower every day, or at least every other day (which is what the Mayo Clinic suggests) and chew gum in addition to general dental care. If everyone can do that, we'll all be happy.

Desiree said...

Don't even get me started on the black women never washing dey haid AND being chemically scalp burned and/or being covered by a bad wig all day, P-U!

You know, this is just ignorant. I have a huge issue with black people not embracing their natural hair texture as it is, but you are just plain ignorant.

Black hair is drier than straighter textures because of the way the hair is shaped: straighter hair allows for more oil from the scalp to slip down the hair and keep it moisturized. Black/curly hair is not like this and, as a result, we cannot wash our hair every day without drying it out to the point of potential breakage.

It is suggested that we wash once a week to minimize moisture loss. If I washed my hair everyday, it would do more harm than good.

As an aside I must say the air is must fresher here without self professed chubby face and white womens' hair coveter Dezzie around.

Please. You wish I wanted to be white. I know you hate that I don't.

Sagat said...

East Asians have the most developed sense of smell with more olfactory receptors than any other group. There are plenty of writings about White stench by Japanese and Chinese going back to antiquity. For the most part, Whites these days do not smell that bad since they bathe regularly. That being said, some Whites do smell horribly, though others like Indians smell worse. Blacks have a weird odor that isn't enough to make you wince; it's more like a stinky ass smell. This is a common smell that I notice around most Blacks. If they don't where perfume or cologne, it's very obvious. Once I get within a few feet, I can smell it - the smell of dirty ass. Sorry Black folks. Wash your asses.

Anonymous said...

The chutzpah of blacks complaining that whites stink is nothing short of unbelievable. Here's a fact based on genetics: with the slightest physical exertion, blacks metabolize copious amounts of butyric acid from their sweat glands, which causes a monumentally fetid odor.

Anyone who has ever been next to blacks on a dance floor will instantly recognize what I'm talking about. In my university days I was temporarily assigned to a dorm in which many basketball players (blacks of course) were housed. Being all up in yo' grill most of the time, they would do endearing things like leave their unwashed jerseys hanging around the common areas. The stink was so bad I thought the floor would need a new paint job just to ever get back to neutral atmosphere. Needless to say, I quickly found other housing off-site.

Anonymous said...

Here's another little gem... some of the long established products that older black women use on their hair for straightening (or whatever) smell exactly like feces when the temperature warms up. I have my own theories about why they never noticed this on their own, but just forget it, I won't go there.

East Asian said...

I don't know about the science behind East Asians' olfactory receptors, but as a pale skinned East Asian, I can tell you that I am terribly sensitive to black peoples' body odors. I remember in gym class, I would get nauseous from getting a whiff of black peoples' sweat. When they weren't perspiring, everything was fine; but when their perspiration hits the air and dries, it caused me such sickness, I was shocked that none of my white classmates in gym class reacted in the same way. I came to realize that the stench was coming from their gym shirts which had their perspiration caked into them. To this day, I will go nowhere near a fitness center with any blacks.

Chessmack said...

LOL, once again love the site, love the info and I am black. Keep it coming.My idea for a story blacks playing their raunchy music extremely loud when picking their kids up from school.

White Guy said...

Anyone who has spent time around Africans knows and understands they have a distinct sent that is unpleasant.

Dissident said...

"LINK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXGfX05s_rA&feature=related

This is supposedly at uni?

Good grief! (if this sort of thing is typical in the U.S., I confess I'm glad not to live there - no offense intended) "

No offense taken. And yes, be thankful that you don't live in this multi-cultural hell either! If I could immigrate into a Scandinavian country, I most assuredly would. I find this whole "smell" subject to be utterly juvenile. This just proves the immature nature of many blacks, and the more they engage in this buffoonery, the more, the average dumbed-down white will come to resent them. After all, blackdom has become it's own worst enemy.

Anonymous said...

"nor do we propose any scholarly attempts at proving this theory through the scientific method"

I don't know, imagine the benefits if you had colognes or air fresheners that worked like shark repellent or dog whistles. Tell me you wouldn't sell your second (or only) car to buy cases of that.

Anonymous said...

Man gets life in prison for impregnating girl, 9

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/lantana-man-gets-life-in-prison-for-impregnating-1345999.html

Steve said...

Blacks have the most horrible smell of any creature. I'm sure someone here as had the gut wrenching displeasure of smelling blacks when they use "Magic Shave"

Croc-tears said...

All of the un-washed masses smell. The higher you are on the economic scale the more you have to spend on extravagant grooming.
This "you stink worse than we do" black twit thread is absurd.
I do agree that black flat iron hair does smell toxic after a long period of time. Males with heavy fast food diets produce the worst odors.

Anonymous said...

As I ride my bicycle in the park, I always smell the blacks as I pass them but I seldom smell the humans. Both the bucks and sows smell bad. I try to hold my breath as I pass them to avoid their stench.
It is the same at the laundry mat now that I think about it. The Africans are the worst, they never bathe and they smell like ash trays, B.O., urine, and feces. The Americoons smell the same except not as strongly most of the time and with perfume.

My apartment is in a "multicultural" Hell hole. When I walk out the door I sniff for danger as well as look and listen. Many times have I smelled danger before I saw or heard it.

CWN said...

Whites smells bad? Really? I have always thought of blacks as having this urban black odor about them. The cold weather does something to their odor also. Not to mention, when you have dreadlocks or a similar hair style, do you honestly think that they wash it that often? Blacks always seem to be scratching their nappy hair.

One has to wonder, when blacks are less than civilized in other areas of their lives, why would hygene be any different?

Phalluster said...

WAINGRO

Sheila said...

Black men tend not to bathe or use personal hygiene products terribly often, intensifying their natural body odor. I've often read accounts of DWL teachers taking black students in hand and teaching them about American cleanliness standards (their own mothers couldn't teach what they knew nothing of themselves).

Black women have a habit of overpowering perfume and/or hairspray odors overlaying stale body odor.

I find the worse BO imaginable comes from SE Indian males. This IS scientifically based; I've read that the smell from lots of garlic and curry comes out in one's sweat. Combine that with oiling one's hair, not using deodorant, and not bathing often (by American standards) and you have the most foul stench - my husband has walked out of the gym more times than I can count because of reeking Indians.

When I lived and travelled in Europe, Americans were stereotyped as being hygiene-obsessed and overly cleanly - particularly by the White British.

WestSiderATL said...

Right...the first thing I thought when I saw that ridiculous Old Spice commercial with the black guy is "wow...another major advertiser shoots itself in the foot by bowing to the PC diversity gods" Yeah...that is the way I would think of to sell deodorant...show a shirtless black guy riding a horse. Talk about a double WHAMMY of odoriferous offense!

Anyone who has visited an integrated gym (unavoidable now in the New South) can tell you with all assurance that black people do indeed smell. Whites and Asians pale in comparison.

Anonymous said...

I never really thought of blacks smelling worse than whites to a major degree. However I have noticed they like to surround themselves in odors that are very pungent. Pot, food, and especially fragrances tended to be very noticeable. I think this is a natural preference for them. Perhaps is in their genes too to produces more pheromones and oils that attract bacteria that feed on the waste products humans create.
Food intake can make people stink since the pores and excretion exude the odors of the things we consume.
Others thinking asians don't like stinky things or are above it are either lying or ignorant. They tend to consume a lot of smelly food items. Fish sauce, seaweed drink, natto are just a tiny fraction of odiferous things they partake in.

Anonymous said...

as I ride the NYC subway during the week, I do notice that most anti-social blacks tend to over-dramatize how "tired" they are as they splay themselves across the seats. they often will smack their halitostic mouths, violently suck through their teeth and then eventually antagonistically yawn. when this eventual gust of violence occurs, the smell that emanates from those pre-cancerous digestive tracts caked with stagnant fried meats, flat sugary drink, and putrid fecal matter is simply nauseating.

the summertime, however, is the worst as the numerously fouled black female genitalia wafts heavily through the subway cars air. it is as if a soul food dumpsters lid that has been opened and closed rapidly during an august garbage strike in macon.

the black male bums usually make their odiferous presence known with their warm season festival of stink known as the "shitting in the station platform trash cans".

there is a difference between us and them. there just is.

Anonymous said...

Ha-ha @ Dezzie and her typical neurotic knee jerk reaction to hair issues and having to face her own follicular self-loathing. It's a fact that when one doesn't rinse the dead skin, dander, sweat and body oils from their head every other week(or month) that ones head will indeed stink. Add to this equation a big ol' pile of fake hair and/or a bad wig and you compound odor issues. You can understand that much at least, right? Again, dubious IQ figures to be sure. I happen to have curly hair too, though not of kinky variety and know that washing that type of hair daily is bad so I at least rinse my head off with just water. Gee you brought up "not wanting to be white" showing your truest desires even as you refute them. The choice has been made already for you sweetie. Rage at your parents if you must, when you get done raging in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

"there is a difference between us and them. there just is."

Yes. We are human. They are...something else.

Anonymous said...

"East Asians have the most developed sense of smell with more olfactory receptors than any other group. There are plenty of writings about White stench by Japanese and Chinese going back to antiquity."

I also thought that had more to do with Asians sweating very little, so they'll be more surprised by a fowl smelling person.

Anonymous said...

"Black hair is drier than straighter textures because of the way the hair is shaped: straighter hair allows for more oil from the scalp to slip down the hair and keep it moisturized. Black/curly hair is not like this and, as a result, we cannot wash our hair every day without drying it out to the point of potential breakage."
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None of this changes the fact that many black people have skanky nasty smelling hair. Who cares why it stinks?

Jeffrey of Troy said...

Nice Army of Darkness reference.

Anonymous said...

Sheila said...

"I find the worse BO imaginable comes from SE Indian males. This IS scientifically based; I've read that the smell from lots of garlic and curry comes out in one's sweat. Combine that with oiling one's hair, not using deodorant, and not bathing often (by American standards) and you have the most foul stench - my husband has walked out of the gym more times than I can count because of reeking Indians."

Hmm, then why do you still live around these smelly Indians? Why not just move into a real Whitopia? Oh wait, is it because you cannot afford it? God forbid racist white trash run out of places to hide from the darker masses, lol.

Anonymous said...

Desiree wears her underwear for days at a time?

lol, disgusting.

I have a theory that maybe 1 in 100 black women are attractive. The 100th hoodrat theory.

But I swear it's more like 1 in a 1000.

PicktheworldupandDropitonYourHead said...

Go into a "suburban/ rural "college bar and see how many washes it takes to get the stench out... Nothing any of you nerds write typing from behind your computers means anything to any black person reading it. Everyone see's they are words full of jealousy and malice because you feel marginalized. Your women love black men and mimic the fashion of black women. Literally any pop-culture icon in the US can have her fashion and singing style traced to a black performer who did it first. Men are emasculated because they fear their penis' are too small and clearly see that they can not dominate in athletics that other races are in. Hence why yall flock to the silly sport of hockey as your last refuge. Alas if you try to talk about intelligence or test scores, America as a whole is slipping, and all you middle-low class riff-raff can not continue to claim the abilities of your more learned counter parts for ever. So you're falling in academia as well. Instead of trying to insult your way in to feel better. Hit the gym, learn to dance, pick up a damn book, and practice a talent. Then maybe you will be strong enough to stand on your own 2 left feet and stop trying to claim the success of your predecessors for your own and insult the people that have given you your American culture.

So_This_is_why_people_dont_like_white_americans said...

And why are you clowns using dictionary.com for verbage and an antiquated sentence structure to write posts? #Itsclearwhenyouusewordsoutsideofyourregularlexicon