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The trend of ‘Living peacefully like black people’ polarizes viewers on social networks


Recently, the internet started buzzing about a new social networking trend that is starting to spread among Black men.

Focusing on highlighting and promoting a β€œlightweight” lifestyle, the videos show Black men simply going about their day-to-day tasks β€” and there are plenty of examples floating around. !

Trending starts on TikTok

Trending uploads show men engaging in light activities, such as tending to houseplants, drinking tea or just relaxing.

@ajtaughtyou

What does self-care look like today πŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ the light life of a black man. #softlife #blackmen #cleantok #cleaningtiktok #healthy Living #booktok #plantdad #xyzbca #fyp #foryourpage #dailyroutine #dayinmylife

♬ Too Much – Drake

@ajtaughtyou

the light life of black people ‍♂️ keep going #fyp #softlife #blackmen #healthyhabits #dailyroutine #xyzbca #dayinmylife #vlogger #dailyvlog

♬ original sound – RetroBands

@shapiro_villa

Soft Boy Era #softboy #softboyaesthetic #softboyaesthetic #blackboy #softblackboy #softblackman #performer #tinyhome #dc

♬ original sound – Shapiro

Exercise and hobbies like bowling and podcasting are also included.

@joelabban

My best when I’m in my element

♬ Crew Love – Drake

@ajtaughtyou

the light life of a black man πŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ spends the day with me. #fyp #fup #softlife #dayinmylife #vlogger #spendthedaywithme #dailyvlog #blackmen #xyzbca #greenscreen #healthyroutine

♬ Watch Leray DJ Saige Mashup – Saige

Some of the contributions by a user named @nicenonns focus on showing what a “dinner with a gentle black man” looks like.

@nicenonss

Choose the path of least stress and least resistance. #mental health #for you #asmr #cookingtok

♬ Emotional Mood – Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

@nicenonss

Hope everyone has a great week #Foryou

♬ I will wait and pray – John Coltrane

@nicenonss

β€œSoft” β€œSoft life” – Originated from the Nigerian community as a slang term for a comfortable and low-stress life. #tjmaxx #for you #mental health

♬ Amore mio aiutami – Main theme – Piero Piccioni

Overall, most of the videos about this trend are pretty straightforward and focus on drawing attention to the “light” life.

@ajtaughtyou

the light life of a black man β˜•οΈ in the morning there is nothing like coffee and a good book. #fyp #xyzbca #dayinmylife #softlife #blackmen #vlogger #booklover #morningroutine #healthyhabits #foryourpage #2023 #dailyvlog

♬ Speed ​​IN THE AIR – cloudz/SolarπŸ§šπŸΎβ€β™€οΈβ˜οΈπŸŽ

@channdaily

Reposting because TikTok put a warning label on this video even though I really didn’t do anything dangerous lol? Anyway, I choose to live a light life lol #softlife #gay #viral

♬ original sound – ChannDaily οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

@ajtaughtyou

light life of a black person πŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ guys, light life is not just for women. it’s for you too! take care of yourself. there’s no need to be tough, or wary, or get caught up in the “culture of honing”. slow down and take care of yourself.🌿 #fyp #apartmenttherapy #cleaningtiktok #softlife #dayinthelife #cleaninghacks #vlogger #dailyroutine #plantdad

♬ Lil Uzi Vert SHELLS MIX JUNE – JUNE! (fka Shawn May)

Viewers have mixed reactions

As the trend continued to grow, people started to engage with other platforms like Twitter.

Many critics consider the videos mediocre because they focus on showing “an adult doing what adults do”.

It was even alleged that there was β€œsomething sinister about [TikTok] turns every basic act into a life aesthetic or personality.”

However, others see this trend as “cute” and simply like “peace, happiness and success”.

In general, advocates say the backlash is strange, since the “light life” trend is meant to promote relaxation.

At the other end of the spectrum, it is claimed that the core of the general trend is “inherently racist,” as it applauds Black men for “doing the bare minimum” with adulthood.

@ziahman

trash bro. #fyp #softblackman #effeminizationoftheblacknam

♬ original audio – siah

Users also called for the reintroduction of “a specific brand of bullying”. Similarly, others urged people to leave the trend by 2022, as “we used to build and hunt”.

@livelargebitch

SOFT LIFE MAN BLACK πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ WE BRING THE BEST BLOOD #fyp #softlife #trending #2023 #blacktiktok

♬ NOPE SO SUPA – SO SUPA ️πŸ₯·

You’re here for the “light life as a black” trend and what do you think of the criticisms against it?


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