In January last year, Awkwafina became the first actress of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe for the lead actress in a movie. While their portrayal of Billi in The Farewell – 92% may have been the first time Asian people saw a character who authentically resembles them, their victory did not come without a sour side. For many Asian Americans, their historical recognition validates the importance of being represented in movies and gives them someone in the industry, quite conspicuous, for this.
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However, no one could ignore the fact that the victory of Awkwafina It also rewards something you’ve done for a long time: exploiting black culture your entire career for personal gain. Many have rightly criticized Awkwafina for reaching stardom through an appropriation of black aesthetics. From his viral rap song, “My Vag,” to his role as Peik Lin Goh on Locamente Millonarios – 93%, Awkwafina has made a career out of a caricatured portrayal of black people.
She has copied the way they speak and has even “disguised herself”, as on the occasion in Ocean’s 8: The Scammers – 58% where she played a character from Queens who, as she said, was nothing like and never could say exactly why, perhaps because what he did was take the aesthetics of a culture to which he does not belong. He did the same in the box office Locamente Millonarios, where his attitude was not that of an Asian person at all, and being able to notice from the trailer there was controversy.
Borrowing from black culture to make a name for himself led to Awkwafina, the name by which he is professionally known to Nora lum, to perform a series of racial stereotypes to look “cool” and gain influence, and through that stance she went from viral internet rapper to critically acclaimed actress. Faced with these important issues, how can you understand Awkwafina what does she mean to diversity in Hollywood and what does it mean to other people that she appropriates their culture?
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The accusations that the actress has received for the use of “blaccent” are not new for all the aforementioned, but now that the actress is promoting a new film, she has not been able to avoid questions from the press related to this issue. She has never really talked about the issue, and in a video shared by . Showbiz on Twitter you can see that she did not really have an answer ready either, in what also seems an oversight by her agent, because someone must always be aware of what do as far as public relations we mean (via Uproxx).
. @ awkwafina addresses controversy of her using a ‘blaccent’ in films: pic.twitter.com/razgNiTFke
– . Showbiz (@ReutersShowbiz) September 10, 2021
The lack of an answer, because Awkwafina She can barely formulate words after that question, it implies that there is a lack of interest or even ignorance on the part of the actress even though it is not a new topic. The video went viral on Twitter and many users have commented on it; Some are surprised that the actress does not know what to say after using the blaccent for her personal benefit and others could not believe that she was unable to say something really meaningful beyond saying that “she is open to conversation”.
Awkwafina recently appeared in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 95%, where she made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the role of Katy. Unlike what happened to her, Marvel Studios was able to present an authentic portrait of Asian culture and at the same time, finally, it presented a character that was more than a simple comic relief by having its respective arc and giving it a much more interesting role than to direct the humor towards him. Whether in the end he tries to acknowledge that what he has done is inappropriate remains to be seen.
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