Video of teenage girls using makeup to put on blackface in Sephora goes viral

By Charlie Sawyer

Published Feb 15, 2024 at 01:17 PM

Reading time: 1 minute

A video has been circulating that depicts a group of teenagers in the Sephora beauty store using makeup samples to put on blackface. Netizens criticised both the actions of the girls as well as the company for not taking immediate action to remove the teenagers from the shop. While Sephora did later share a statement condemning the incident, social media users were still taken aback by the entire situation and questioned why no one intervened sooner.

The video, which gained widespread attention after it was shared by @thatdaneshguy on 10 February 2024, now has over 1.9 million views and shows a woman—seemingly one of the girls’ mums—alongside a group of teenage girls who are walking around the shop with their faces covered in dark makeup. In the footage, there is also a Sephora sales associate casually chatting with the woman and standing by as this plays out.

https://www.tiktok.com/@thatdaneshguy/video/7333780465242885418?embed_source=71929437%2C121374463%2C121351166%2C121331973%2C120811592%2C120810756%3Bnull%3Bembed_name&refer=embed&referer_url=www.distractify.com%2Fp%2Fteens-in-sephora-blackface&referer_video_id=7333780465242885418

While a number of onlookers filmed the incident and expressed their disgust at the girls’ actions, no member approached them or removed them from the store at any point.

A lot of netizens shared their upset and anger in the comments section with one user noting “This behaviour is truly disgusting” while another wrote, “This proves that racism will never die.”

Supposedly, the incident took place in Boston with some reports revealing that the girls were also heard running around the store making monkey noises.

Blackface is an incredibly racist and dehumanising action that should be treated as a severe hate crime. It’s also important to note that it is currently Black History Month in the US.

Sephora later released another statement in which the company claimed that the girls were immediately asked to leave:

However, netizens are calling bullshit on this:

https://www.tiktok.com/@thatdaneshguy/video/7335301078797290794?embed_source=71929437%2C121374463%2C121351166%2C121331973%2C120811592%2C120810756%3Bnull%3Bembed_name&refer=embed&referer_url=www.distractify.com%2Fp%2Fteens-in-sephora-blackface&referer_video_id=7333780465242885418

While it was good that those filming the incident spoke up and condemned the teenagers, it’s clear from the video that the Sephora staff did not react appropriately.

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