Awkwafina addresses Blaccent and AAVE, Twitter drags Notes app with no apologies
Where did your accent go, Buckwild?
Could have stayed in the drafts, sis. You know it’s bad when you’re Joe Rogan on a no-apologies tour to prove how racist you really are. After years of criticism for chasing influence with a cartoon based on black stereotypes, accused of appropriation Awkwafina addressed the issue head-on (and then avoided it altogether) in a statement she posted to Twitter on Saturday.
The Marvel star got roasted online when she groped a question about the long-running controversy during an interview for Shang Chi back in 2021. Notice how this interview, like several appearances she made after fame and checks rose dramatically, lacks that urban flavor she claimed was an organic extension of growing up in Queens.
The comedian, his real name Nora Lum, began his message with a lesson on the importance of the “historical context of the African-American community” and how it has been “disproportionately affected by institutionalized politics and law enforcement policies.” Ok maybe she listened to the comments about how she leaned into AAVE (or African American Vernacular English) with her breakout roles in boobies rich asian and Oceans 8.
“While having historically and regularly seen their culture stolen, exploited and appropriated by the *mainstream* culture for monetary gain, with no acknowledgment or respect for the origin of these roots, the pioneers of its beginnings and the artists who perfected and mastered the craft,” she wrote.
Mentioning that people generally exploit black culture without really acknowledging that she has earned millions of dollars doing the same thing is as close as an apology. After a vague promise to “always listen” and “work tirelessly to understand” the nuances of AAVE use, she took the leap by admitting her mistakes to double down on her innocence.
“But I have to stress: To mock, belittle or be mean in any way at the expense of others is: Simply. Not. My. Nature. It never was and it never was.
Is it the rehearsal of his acceptance speech at the NAACP Picture Award? The rest of the statement lists the “fine line between offense and pop culture,” the “Internet slang Tik-Tok generation” and their “immigrant background” in the explanations and excuses that fill the other half of his statement.
“I think as a group, Asian Americans are still trying to figure out what this journey means to them, what’s okay and where they don’t belong,” Nora wrote. “And while I’m still learning and doing this personal work, I know for sure that I want to spend the rest of my career doing nothing but uplifting our communities. We do the former by failing, learning, acknowledging, listening and empathizing and I will relentlessly continue to do so.
It’s funny that the New York native leans on her Asian immigrant past because she said Vice does not minstrel when it comes to its own culture.
Immediately after the statement, Nora tweeted that she would “step back from the ingrown nail that is Twitter.”
Many of Nora’s facilitators rushed to reassure her that she had done nothing wrong and didn’t need to apologize. Her detractors were quick to notice that it was him she would “always listen to.” His favorites are full of mostly non-black people accepting his non-apology on behalf of black people.
This unsolicited statement left everyone with more questions than answers as no one was holding their breath for her to say a whole lot of nothing.
People who tried to patiently and respectfully continue the conversation that Nora said she was open to, she blocked them instead.
Most people just wanted her to take responsibility and drop the offensive act and over-the-top name, without storming into Black History Month with this mess.
Are you buying Nora’s explanation of the blaccent accusations or is it too little too late?