One of the latest TikTok trends asks users to post photos of their significant others from before and after they started dating, ostensibly to show how said partners have changed their style for the better while in the relationship. However, one high school student who participated in the trend is now being accused of having “whitewashed” her boyfriend.
The video, which was posted by an account run by "Sarah and Keiran Mills," and has since been set to private, has been viewed over five million times in just as many days. In the upload, the young woman gazes smugly into a selfie video before revealing the before and after photos. The boyfriend, who is Black, becomes noticeably preppy in the "after" photos.
It didn't take long for the side-by-side comparison to make it over to Twitter, where it has since been liked and retweeted hundreds of thousands of times. "No way," quipped user @cooIhotsexyboy.
As the TikTok post continued to go viral, many predictably compared the makeover to Get Out with memes from the 2017 Jordan Peele horror film.
Oh, but we regret to inform you that it gets even worse, dear readers. In response to one comment that suggested maybe he can get contacts and start growing his hair back, another internet sleuth uncovered a photo of what appears to be the happy couple holding a Trump/Pence flag.
In an effort to defend herself and clarify the original video, the girlfriend posted a followup from a since-deleted account set up country music—because, of course, it was. She explains that she and Keiran, now a high school senior, started dating when he was in the 10th grade. "He is who he wants to be. He's proud of himself. I'm proud of him," she claimed.
Sure, why not! As the kids say, whatever floats their boat. Just maybe, blink twice if you need recusing, Keiran.