In the wake of Socality Barbie, a now-defunct Instagram account that perfectly parodied hipsters everywhere, comes White Saviour Barbie.
Where Hipster Barbie poked fun at hipsters and their perfectly curated - authentic - Insta-feeds, White Saviour Barbie has upped the ante, making fun of the privileged folk who suffer from "White Saviour Complex", a trope in film, television, and real life, in which white people rescue people of colour from their plight - discovering themselves - in the process.
Created by two 20-something reformed White Saviours, the women spoke to the Huffington Post about the account, assuring them that they were "never as ‘saviouresque’ as Barbie Saviour "but admitting "we did things back in our White Saviour days that we regret".
The creators, who chose to remain anonymous, told HuffPo that the account started as a joke, calling it "a way to get some of these things off our chest".
“We have both struggled with our own realizations and are definitely not claiming innocence here,” the makers say. "It's hard to pinpoint the irony at times in real life... the wildly self-centered person veiled as the self-sacrificing saint."
The account tackles "the attitude that Africa needs to be saved from itself, by Westerners," which Barbie Saviour's creators call "such a simplified way to view an entire continent" that "can be traced back to colonialism and slavery".
As for the aim of Barbie Saviour, they say that they hope for it to be "an entertaining jumping off point for some very real discussions, debates, and resolves”.
And to the people who are offended by the account, they say this: “If you’re offended by the account then you’d better be offended by the real accounts who actually display this behavior in all authenticity. That is the real offense.”