'Barbie Savior' Is Brilliantly Calling Out The Worst Person On All Of Our Insta Feeds
She's saving the world one selfie at a time...
We’ve all got one. That person clogging up our social feeds with selfies of the “amazing” work they’re doing in developing countries, posing with local communities and preaching about what we all need to do while not actually doing a great deal themselves. It’s a term commonly known as the “white saviour complex” and Barbie Savior has got it by the bucket load.
The Instagram account, run by two twenty-somethings who realised they’ve been guilty of this in the past, uses Barbie to highlight that while volunteering in places like Africa is great, it needs to be for the right reasons. The idea of westerners swooping in and “saving” those less fortunate just so they can feel good about themselves (and get some likes on their Insta) can often do more harm than good and if nothing else, it’s insulting.
As Barbie Savior selfies her way around Africa, not-so-subtly bigging herself up for looking after “cute” orphans, educating young people (without any qualifications, but it’s fine cause she’s from the west) and “changing the face of Africa” one heel at a time, it can look all too familiar.
Barbie Savior’s creators told The Huffington Post “We were never as 'savioresque' as Barbie Savior, but we did things back in our White Savior days that we regret” and they’re hoping that the account will serve as a “jumping-off point for some very real discussions, debates and resolves.”
Of course Barbie Savior is an exaggeration and that’s not to say everyone who volunteers is a ‘Barbie Savior’ but it serves a purpose in that it encourages people to think about why they’re volunteering and how they’re going about it. Way to go, Barbie Saviour.
Plus, it’s pretty funny…