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Snapchat unveiled a Bob Marley filter to celebrate 420 — and things went horribly wrong

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A new filter on messaging app Snapchat that allows users to look like the late reggae singer Bob Marley sparked a backlash on social media on Wednesday, with many on Twitter calling it racially insensitive.

The filter, which lets users to give themselves dread locks and digital blackface, was launched on April 20, a counterculture holiday that celebrates cannabis. Snapchat said the filter was created together with the Bob Marley estate.

Marley’s name was a top trending topic on Twitter, with nearly 90,000 mentions as of Wednesday afternoon.

Donie O’Sullivan (@donie), an editor at News Corp’s Storyful, a self-styled social media news agency, said in a post on Twitter, “Woah. Isn’t the Bob Marley Snapchat 420 filter essentially blackface?”

Hope King (@lisahopeking), a tech reporter at CNN Money, tweeted, “Snapchat Bob Marley lens works terrifyingly well … partly why the outcome is so enraging.”

Abby Nierman (‏@abbyybba) tweeted: “I’m confused as to how the Bob Marley @Snapchat filter made it through all stages of development without someone saying ‘um no.'”

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Others lamented the culture of political correctness. Dudley ‏(@NickWinchester9) said, “This Bob Marley snapchat filter. Yet again, we can’t do anything without people calling everything racist.”

A Snapchat spokesman said in an emailed statement, “The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.”

The Rita Marley Foundation, the nonprofit founded by Marley’s widow, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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