Awkwafina responds to ‘Blaccent’ accusations and NAACP nomination backlash
- Awkwafina shared a statement on Twitter on Saturday to respond to his “blaccent” accusations.
- Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, also revealed that she is retiring from Twitter.
- She faced criticism online after being nominated for an NAACP Image Award this month.
Awkwafina has responded to accusations that she uses a “black accent” in films after receiving backlash online over her NAACP Image Awards nomination.
On Saturday, the 33-year-old ‘Farewell’ actress posted a statement on her Twitter account in which she acknowledged that the criticism had been directed at her. According to dictionarya “blaccent” is the imitation of Black English – also known as African American Vernacular English (or AAVE) – by non-black people.
“There is a sociopolitical context to everything, especially the historical context of the African-American community in this country,” wrote Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum. She said African Americans are a group “disproportionately affected by institutionalized policies and law enforcement policies” and that African American culture is often exploited for monetary gain by the “dominant culture.” without respect for his origins.
—nora (@awkwafina) February 5, 2022
Awkwafina continued that instances of cultural appropriation are happening today, but some call it a “convoluted mix” of younger generations using internet slang and AAVE.
“But as a non-black POC, I maintain that I will always listen and work tirelessly to understand the history and context of AAVE, what is deemed appropriate or backwards towards the progress of ALL and ALL people. marginalized groups,” she wrote. “But I must emphasize: 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 added.
Awkwafina ended her statement by saying she would continue to acknowledge criticism and work to remain empathetic.
“My immigrant background helped me forge an American identity from the movies and TV shows I watched, the kids I went to public school with, and my love and respect eternal for hip hop,” she said. “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. first by failing, learning, acknowledging, listening and empathizing…and I will continue, tirelessly, to do just that.”
In a separate Twitter PublishAwkwafina said she was taking a step back from Twitter.
—nora (@awkwafina) February 5, 2022
Representatives for Awkwafina did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Her statement comes after receiving online criticism of her NAACP Image Awards nomination. According to Atlanta Dark Star, Awkwafina was nominated for “Outstanding Character Voiceover Performance” in Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The outlet noted that the NAACP does not exclusively nominate black performers, but some people online have taken the blame because of Awkwafina’s past “blaccent” accusations.
Awkwafina previously addressed the “blaccent” criticism while promoting the 2021 Marvel film, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” During an interview with Reuters ShowbizAwkwafina said she was “open to conversation”.
“I think, you know, it’s really something that’s kind of multi-faceted and multi-layered,” she said.