Popular Indian-Canadian comedian, YouTuber and talk show host Lilly Singh recently came under fire for 'cultural appropriation' after posting a video of herself singing in a West Indian accent.
She coupled the video with the tweet, "A classic dancehall tune! Badman Forward remake and this time, it’s for the ladies. No matter your size, shape, colour, orientation, preferences or style, this one is for you, sister. Tag every badgal you know! #GirlLove."
Clearly, the actor meant for the video to be pro female but it ended up being taken in bad taste.
A classic dancehall tune! Badman Forward remake and this time it’s for the ladies.— Lilly (@Lilly) April 27, 2020
No matter your size, shape, colour, orientation, preferences or style, this one is for you sister.
Tag every badgyal you know! ❤️ #GirlLove pic.twitter.com/7vJEQAPWfn
"I really don't understand why you thought this would be a good idea...," tweeted one user while another wrote, "She doesn’t care. She does it all the time and is constantly asked by communities to stop."
She doesn’t care, she does it all the time, is constantly asked by our communities to stop and then... doesnt lol— Shivani Persad (@liveshiv) April 28, 2020
It seems that this isn't Singh's first 'tone-deaf' video.
Sis... you are ZERO parts West Indian. I know your intentions were probs good but this is tone deaf and inappropriate. This isn’t for you. https://t.co/fFLeB3ZuDm— 💖 Hot & Unbothered 💖 (@AllianaSabrina) April 28, 2020
"Sis... you are zero parts West Indian. I know your intentions were probably good but this is tone deaf and inappropriate. This isn’t for you," one disgruntled fan wrote.
did the southasian community get together and decide to embarrass us today— tas (@txa__) April 27, 2020
Not to mention, Singh's own community did not appreciate the attempt either. "Did the South Asian community get together and decide to embarrass us today?" questioned one user. "I am no longer a brown girl," remarked another.
i am no longer a brown girl— .🧸🧺🤎 (@sharikaAKL) April 28, 2020
It seems the TV personality missed the note on cultural appropriation and hate comments poured in from everywhere.
"I hate you so much! You made it so easy for white people to make fun of desi accents and now you’re messing with other people’s accents/language..." another user said angrily.
Singh is yet to comment on the matter.
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