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Snapchat's new Bob Marley lens sparks outrage

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

If you're on Snapchat, you know how the app constantly adds and subtracts new filters. Usually they have one to coincide with major holidays, but the one they released Wednesday on the unofficial "420" marijuana holiday has some people saying it is offensive and racist. 

The new lens they launched is called "Bob Marley" and makes users look like the late reggae legend by adding a Marley-style cap and dreadlocks. It also darkens the users' skin tone, which some are calling a "form of digital blackface." 

Others are saying people are being too sensitive. 

A Snapchat spokesperson released the following statement on the release of the filter:

“The lens we launched today was created in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, and gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music. Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements.”

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