On this Independence Day, the hashtag #VarietyHeadlines is by far delivering the snark and pure comedy on social media.
And either Variety is guilty of trolling like a boss for clicks with their ‘How Elvis Invented Rock and Roll on July 5th, 1954 headline or it’s truly a case of revisionist history at work..which the dominant culture is often accused of doing to always portray themselves in a favorable light.
And this excerpt justifies why many are throwing daggers on social media..
Phillips often declared: “If I could find a white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel, I could make a billion dollars.” This was the 1950s and the South, after all.
Phillips’ vision of Presley as the one who could achieve crossover success by expropriating African-American influences was reinforced by the very first reference to “Elvis Presley” in Variety, which came in the Aug. 24, 1955, weekly edition
The fact that writer Cynthia Littleton overlooked the real architects of Rock & Roll like Little Richard, Chuck Berry & others was the last straw for Black Twitter..
So in retaliation they unleashed one tweet after the other dripping with truth and sarcasm..
Here are some of the best ones..