#HandsOff: 🙅🏽 🙅🏽 🙅🏽 🙅🏽 🙅🏽 🙅🏽 🙅🏽 🙅🏽 8/10
Don’t mess with this lady’s hair.
Portland-based artist Momo Pixel has released a game called ‘Hair Nah’, designed to hold a fun (albeit serious) message: stop touching her natural hair.
— Momo (@MomoUhOh) November 15, 2017
The aim of the game is to assume the role of a black woman who wants to catch a flight to Osaka, Havana or the Santa Monica Pier. However, whilst this holiday sounds lovely, there are a few obstacles – all of which include people unnecessarily wanting to touch and play with the lady’s hair. To win, players have to swat away as many reaching hands as possible, as they come reaching in for that natural hair, so that you can catch the flight and go on holiday in peace.
It sounds like a fun game – and really, it is – but it definitely highlights a greater, underlying issue.
Black women do not like it when you touch their natural hair, especially without consent. Momo Pixel in particular, really does not like it.
Cr: Hair Nah
Yet without sounding too harsh and really just trying to shed light on the situation, Pixel’s charming 8-bit medium is already causing many other women of colour to join the conversation. Since the release of the game, Twitter users took to the social media platform to share their own stories and experiences, and it turns out, Pixel is not alone:
— Aisha Alexander (@AishaThinker) November 17, 2017
— Will 👨🏽💻 (@willdotnet) November 17, 2017
— Ashlyn Sparrow (@AshlynSparrow) November 16, 2017
Yo this game is fire, bc it highlights social issues in a real way (shouts out to those background comments that are a lil too real) AND I got to finally go to Havana, even if it was only pretend https://t.co/omo9pfWTlt #hairnah
— Jordan Kira (@jordankira) November 15, 2017
— Luna Malbroux (@LunaisAmerica) November 20, 2017
— Coloured Love (@coloured_love) November 18, 2017
A lesson to be learnt, play Pixel’s game ‘Hair Nah’ online here – you’ll swat like you’ve never swatted before.
What do you think?