Awkwafina apologizes and quits Twitter following backlash

Awkwafina says she’s ready to “listen” as she quits Twitter following accusations that she uses AAVE and a “blaccent” in her comedy. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Awkwafina quits Twitter following persistent accusations that she is appropriating black culture.

the boobies rich asian star, whose real name is Nora Lum, took to the social media platform on Saturday, February 5, to post a statement about her use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Many people have done so over the years because of his frequent use of AAVE — often referred to as “blaccent” — in both his comedy and film and television roles.

In his letter, Awkwafina acknowledged the “socio-political context” behind the allegations, stating that black people have been systematically oppressed while their culture has been historically “stolen, exploited and appropriated by the dominant culture for monetary gain without recognition or respect for human rights.” ‘where these roots came from.’ She shared that the problem exists today on social media platforms like TikTok and in music created by non-Black creators.

“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, what is deemed appropriate or backwards toward the progress of ALL and ALL marginalized groups,” she continued. “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. .

Awkwafina, who was born in New York to a Chinese-American father and a Korean mother, said her “immigrant background” allowed her to “carve out an American identity from the movies and TV shows that I watched, kids I went to public school with.” , and my undying love and respect for hip hop.

“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,” she continued. “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 this first by failing, learning, acknowledging, listening and empathizing… And I will continue, tirelessly, to do just that.

In the Marvel actress said she would leave Twitter, writing, “Well I’ll see you in a few years, Twitter – by my therapist. To my fans, thank you for continuing to love and support someone who wishes to be a better person for you. I apologize if I ever fell short, in anything I’ve done. You are always in my heart.

She added that while she no longer posts on the site, she was just “retiring from the ingrown toenail that is Twitter” and “not retiring from anything else.”

She added: “I’m also available on all the other social networks that don’t tell you to kill yourself!”

Awkwafina’s post received mixed reactions. While many tweeted that Awkwafina had no reason to apologize, others said they didn’t feel the statement was accountable. One “Hang on. Why do you entrust your personal choices to your fellow Asians who grew up the same way, but didn’t use the blaccent to make millions?” Another “You’re the one bringing the problem straight and still avoiding accountability for me, that’s madness.”

This is not the first time that Awkwafina has admitted these accusations. While she’s faced plenty of backlash on social media over the years, a 2017 interview that resurfaced in August 2021 led to people calling out the star for hypocrisy. In , Awkwafina said of not wanting to do an accent to portray an Asian person, “I refuse to do accents. I don’t agree with someone writing the Asian experience for an Asian character. I say very clearly, I never go out for auditions where I feel like minstrelsy of our people.

In a movie for her Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings in September 2021, she said of the criticism of her use of AAVE, “I welcome this conversation because as an Asian-American identity we are still trying to figure out what it is, so I I look forward to the conversation.”

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