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WikiHow How-to website apologises for whitewashing Obama, Jay Z and Beyonce

WikiHow posted a whitewashed up photo of Obama, Jay Z and Beyonce which got backlash on Twitter.

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A whitewashed photo of Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z play

A whitewashed photo of Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay Z

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The popular how-to website WikiHow has apologised for whitewashing the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, rap legend Jay Z and pop icon Beyonce on its website.

In an article titled 'How to become a congressman' Jay Z, Beyonce and Obama were whitewashed. A Beyonce fan Twitter account shared a photo of the original picture and the whitewashed picture.

The tweet posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017, quickly became viral and drew criticisms and backlash online.

 

After thousands of retweets, WikiHow apologised for the whitewashed photo.

"When we saw the whitewashed image of Obama, Jay-Z and Beyonce, we were disgusted and ashamed. It should never have been on wikiHow" read the statement.

Barack Obama, Beyonce, Jay Z at a fund raising event in 40/40 Night Club in 2013 play

Barack Obama, Beyonce, Jay Z at a fund raising event in 40/40 Night Club in 2013

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"Within minutes of the first tweet, a volunteer removed the image. We then started investigating how it got on wikiHow at all."

 

The whitewashed picture was made three years ago by a team of one sketcher and one painter. According to WikiHow, the sketcher sent the painter a black and white sketch. The painter did not know the race of the people in the sketch.

"This doesn't excuse the fact that we hosted a terrible image on wikiHow and we needed more diversity on that article" the statement further added.

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