Barbie Savior Is The Newest Parody Instagram Account You Need To Follow
Too funny because it's too real
Photo via @barbiesavior/Instagram
The Tumblr site Humanitarians of Tinder initially put individuals whose white privilege is near blinding on blast for bragging about their life-changing travels overseas to countries like
While the account revolves around a plastic version of a Jesus-loving 20-something on a mission to save Africa, it is authentic in that it reflects what real people are continuing to post online. The pictures can be slightly over the top, but the captions are the thing that will kill you on impact:
I have noticed people informing me that Africa is a continent and not a country. I hope you can forgive my mistake. I have so much to learn—but I do know one thing for certain—and that is that my love for this place is bigger than ANY country! Even bigger than the country of Africa!
The hardest part of leaving home to come rescue Africa was having to part ways with my loving and supportive boyfriend, Ken. He has faithfully supported me in my mission and fully understands that right now I must put my relationship with Africa above all else, even him. I was moved to tears when he told me he got the same tattoo as me in my honor. Te amo, Ken—always and forever.
BRB saving Africa...
We're sure that some people are going to be offended by this display and will probably argue that there is nothing wrong with having a genuine interest in international relations or changing the world, but the complex of the white savior is real, and often clueless. Just remember, these are most likely the same people that thought the film adaptation of Stonewall told the story the white—we mean right—way. To quote Homer, "It's funny… because it's true."
The moment you start scrolling, you will be screaming with laughter and fear. (But mostly fear.) The hashtags also cut deep. We picked a few of our favorite posts from Barbie Savior's page, below.
I learned so much about Africa from pop culture before ever setting foot on this precious country's beautiful, red soil. One of the most influential films, obviously, was The Lion King. "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope." How different would life be if we ALL saw each others as equals? The circle of life has no colors, just love. #thesaviorqueen #alwaysroomontopofthefoodchain #pridefulonpriderock #hakunamatata
At first, she was scared of my white skin. But I know we will learn each other. We are bound together by spirit and our humanity. And now, by cloth. I feel like mothering all of this country's children. I was chosen for this! #babygotback #mybackthatis #tickettoride #morningworkout #trim4Him #squatdatot #notmybaby #yet
As millions celebrate Easter all around the world today, it dawned on me that there are children in this world who have never seen, much less tasted, the sweet, delicious delicacy of a Peep. The very thought made me tear up. My heart was broken and I knew I had to do something. This year, I have decided to design a Donate Your Peeps campaign. As we all know, Peeps never expire, making them the perfect solution to so many problems here. The crisis seems big, but the answer is small. And tasty. #giveapeepfoundation #peep4peep #makeapeepaboutpeeps #forpeepsake #wheremypeepsat? #problemsolving #africa #myafrica #whitesavior #whitesaviorpeep #peephope #peeptweet#ppl4peeps
Although children with flies swarming their faces are relatively rare here, it's important to me to portray this as the norm. Today - this girl - stopped me dead in my tracks. She sat alone outside her small mud hut, covered in dirt and flies. Completely forgotten. Suffering. Alone. It’s an unimaginable reality. After I spent some time with this sweet one today, I left her covered in His love and forever changed by this 15 minute interaction. I hope she will be forever changed by this sweet moment. I know I am. #notaboutme #saviorbarbie #soulmates #whitesavior #whitesaviorchic #whitesaviorcomplex #whitesaviorindustrialcomplex #povertyporn #beauty #beautyinashes #followme #forlikes #likes #tender #orphans #disciple #impact #love #cherish #forhim #pleasefollowme #wheredemorphansat?
Only hours after landing I knew that I needed no more time to make a permanent, life-long decision. One week later, I committed. The country of Africa has captured my heart, and now, my heart has captured Africa! "Te Amo" means "love" in African. #africatatonawhitegirl #noregrets #forlife #myheart #mysoul #loveothers #loveonorphans #called #change #soul #africa #whitesavior #hero #reddirt #orphans #blessed #tenderheart #twoworlds #oneheart #greatwhitehope #disciplethestreets #likes #forlikes #followme #mission #hereiamlord #blessed #purpose #thirdworld #stayprayedup #wheredemorphansat