Awkwafina is leaving Twitter following continued accusations that she is appropriating Black tradition.
The Loopy Wealthy Asians star, whose actual title is Nora Lum, took to the social media platform on Saturday, Feb. 5 to problem an announcement about her use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Over time, many individuals have on account of her frequent use of AAVE — sometimes called a “blaccent” — in each her rise up comedy and in her movie and TV roles.
In her letter, Awkwafina acknowledged the “sociopolitical context” behind the allegations, stating how Black folks have been systematically oppressed whereas their tradition was traditionally “stolen, exploited and appropriated by the dominant tradition for financial acquire with out acknowledgment nor respect from the place these roots got here from.” She shared that the issue exists at this time on social media platforms like TikTok and in music made by non-Black creators.
“As a non-Black POC, I stand by the truth that I’ll at all times pay attention and work tirelessly to know the historical past and context of AAVE, what’s deemed acceptable or backwards towards the progress of ANY and EVERY marginalized group,” she continued. “However I have to emphasize: To mock, belittle, or to be unkind in any method attainable on the expense of others is: Merely. Not. My. Nature. It by no means has, and it by no means was.”
Awkwafina, who was born in New York to a Chinese language-American father and Korean mom, stated that her “immigrant background” allowed her to “carve an American id off the flicks and TV exhibits I watched, the youngsters I went to public college with, and my timeless love and respect for hip hop.”
“I believe as a bunch, Asian People are nonetheless attempting to determine what that journey means for them — what’s right and the place they do not belong,” she continued. “And although I am nonetheless studying and doing that private work, I do know for certain that I need to spend the remainder of my profession doing nothing however uplifting our communities. We do that first by failing, studying, acknowledging, listening to and empathizing… And I’ll proceed, tirelessly, to do exactly that.”
In , the Marvel actress stated that she can be leaving Twitter, writing, “Effectively, I’ll see you in a number of years, Twitter — per my therapist. To my followers, thanks for persevering with to like and assist somebody who needs they might be a greater particular person for you. I apologize if I ever fell brief, in something I did. You’re in my coronary heart at all times.”
She added that whereas she was not posting on the positioning, she is barely “retiring from the ingrown toenail that’s Twitter” and “not retiring from anything.”
She added, “Additionally am avail on all different socials that don’t inform you to kill your self!”
Awkwafina’s publish acquired blended reactions. Whereas many tweeted that Awkwafina didn’t have something to apologize for, others stated that they didn’t really feel like this assertion was taking accountability. One , “Maintain up. Why are you placing your private decisions on to your fellow Asians who grew up the identical method, but did not use blaccent to make thousands and thousands?” One other , “It’s you clearly addressing the difficulty and nonetheless avoiding accountability for me, that is madness.”
This isn’t the primary time Awkwafina has acknowledged these accusations. Whereas she has confronted a lot backlash on social media over time, a 2017 interview that resurfaced in August 2021 led to folks calling out the star for hypocrisy. In , Awkwafina stated of not eager to do an accent to symbolize an Asian particular person, “I refuse to do accents. 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 folks.”
In a for her movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the ten Rings in September of 2021, she stated of criticism of her use of AAVE, “I welcome that dialog as a result of as an Asian-American id we’re nonetheless attempting to determine what that’s, so I welcome the dialog.”