So. I don’t typically make posts like this but I’ve never been more disgusted than I am today.
There’s a “trend” of white people on Tiktok using a sound with a sample that says “blood on the leaves” - you’ve probably heard it. Do you wonder why there’s no black creators using this sound?
If you have black creators on your FYP, you may have noticed that even despite their callouts in regards to this song specifically, VERY few people are willing (or able) to talk about the song’s meaning openly. They tell you to look it up, to educate yourself. They speak of it in abstract. There’s a reason for that, and that’s because this song specifically has such pain associated with it that even though every black person knows of it - most will never sing it. Most will never even play it. Because it has THAT profound a meaning that the song itself is just not something that is taken lightly.
It is BEYOND disrespectful to use that song for a trend on anything, let alone equating “bodies” to how many people you’ve slept with, when the line sampled by that sound is referring to the blood of black people who had been lynched. I’m disgusted and you should be too. Imagine someone wrote a song to highlight the horrific realities of the Holocaust, and then some pasty white fuckwits on Tiktok decided to sample it for a trend about their goddamn sex lives. That’s the level of disrespectful this is. It’s literally beyond the pale.
The song is “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday. The song was initially a poem written by a Jewish man by the name of Abel Meeropol to protest the lynching of black people. Holiday first performed the song in 1939, and the song was so powerful that the founder of the cafe she performed at enforced RULES for the performance of the song: complete darkness save for a spotlight on Holiday, all service by waitstaff would be stopped, and there would be no encore. THAT is the level of respect and reverence placed on this song in fucking 1939. If they could do it then you can damn well respect it in fucking 2021.
Stop making a fucking spectacle of black pain. This song is off limits.