Awkwafina is dealing with main criticism on social media after a scene from one in every of her previous movies went viral.
The actress, actual title Nora Lum, is particularly receiving backlash for her earlier use of a blaccent (an imitated Black English accent placed on by non-white individuals, in keeping with Dictionary.com) in her music and movie roles.
The criticism kicked up when a Twitter consumer not too long ago shared a clip from the 2018 movie Ocean’s 8, during which Awkwafina stars as a pick-pocket named Constance. The scene options her character operating a rip-off on a avenue nook, the place somebody has to observe a sure taking part in card whereas she shuffles it to win cash.
Responses to the tweet referred to as Awkwafina out for placing on a blaccent whereas in character, in addition to for utilizing African American Vernacular English (AAVE) basically. Many additionally referred to as her hypocritical for beforehand claiming she refuses to make use of an Asian accent on display.
In a January 2020 interview with VICE, the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star spoke about cultural appropriation and her opinion relating to utilizing accents in roles.
“I refuse to do accents,” she stated on the time. “I’m not OK with somebody writing the Asian expertise for an Asian character. I make it very clear, I don’t ever exit for auditions the place I really feel like I’m making a minstrel out of our individuals.”
“Awkwafina is so unusual for saying this,” one consumer tweeted. “In a single occasion you don’t need Asian ppl to be stereotyped in movie, which is nice, however then you definately go on make a mockery of what you depict a blaccent regardless of having a traditional talking voice? It simply doesn’t add up.”
One other individual added, “Non-Black ladies like Awkwafina aren’t ‘code switching’ with their pressured stereotypical Blaccents. Their pressured stereotypical Blaccents is a type of minstrelsy. In the event that they’re code switching, why do these accents disappear once they’re round their household & mates?”
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