Awkwafina responds to ‘Blaccent’ criticism, says she’s quitting Twitter
Awkwafina ended her two-year hiatus from Twitter to address the long-running controversy surrounding her accent in movies.
On Saturday morning, the 33-year-old actress returned to the platform to share a lengthy message regarding allegations of cultural appropriation and racial insensitivity. Awkwafina, real name Nora Lum, has been criticized for years for her use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) as well as a “blaccent” – an accent used by non-blacks to mimic forms of African-American dialect.
“There is a sociopolitical context to everything, especially the historical context of the African-American community in this country,” the statement began. “This is a group that is disproportionately affected by institutionalized policies and law enforcement policies – while having historically and regularly seen their culture stolen, exploited and appropriated by the *dominant* culture for monetary gain. without any acknowledgment or respect for where those roots come from, the early pioneers, and the artists who honed and mastered the craft.
Awkwafina went on to say that there is a “fine line between offense and pop culture”, as AAVE has become increasingly appropriated thanks to “globalized internet slang” and instead of hip- hop into the mainstream culture.
The Golden Globe winner, whose mother immigrated to the United States from South Korea, said her immigrant background played a major role in the way she speaks, as it allowed her “to carve out an American identity from movies and TV shows I watched, kids I went to public school with my undying love and respect for hip-hop.
“But, as a non-black POC, I stand by the fact that I will always listen and work tirelessly to understand the history and context of AAVE,” she continued. “But I have to stress: to mock, belittle or be mean in any way at the expense of others is: simply put. Not. My. Nature. It never was and it never was.
Awkwafina told her followers that she chose to step away from Twitter for several years, but reassured fans that she was not stepping away from the industry.
“To my fans, thank you for continuing to love and support someone who wishes they could be a better person for you. I apologize if I ever failed, in everything I’ve done,” he said. she tweeted, “…To clarify: I’m stepping back from the ingrown nail that is Twitter. Not stepping back from anything else.”
Of course, not everyone was happy with Awkwafina’s statement: