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Snapchat's Marie Curie Filter Includes Makeup And People Aren't Happy

"Someone should tell Snapchat that Marie Curie didn't have a smoky eye. But she did win a Nobel Prize twice."

Snapchat unveiled a few new photo filters for International Women’s Day on Wednesday, and one of them is ... a problem.

To celebrate the day, the app rolled out filters honoring famous women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, and Marie Curie. The intention to be inclusive is there and appreciated. But there’s an issue with the Marie Curie filter ― she’s inexplicably got a smoky eye and fake eyelashes. 

A photo of Marie Curie adjacent to a Snapchat-filtered photo of Marie Curie.
A photo of Marie Curie adjacent to a Snapchat-filtered photo of Marie Curie.

Curie was a Nobel Prize-winning pioneer in researching radioactivity. Throwing makeup onto her photo unnecessarily trivializes her accomplishments. It’s as if there needs to be a reminder that this highly accomplished scientist was ― gasp ― a woman.

There also are exploding chemicals in the filter, which, considering Curie died from aplastic anemia, believed to be caused by long-term exposure to radiation, seem sort of ill-fitting.

Twitter also took issue with the filter:

This isn’t the first time Snapchat’s been in hot water with offensive filters. Do better, Snapchat.

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