Awkwafina Says She’s Leaving Twitter After Addressing Claims Of Black Appropriation & Using A Black Accent

Awkwafina Says She’s Leaving Twitter After Addressing Claims Of Black Appropriation & Using A Black Accent

Awkwafina calls Twitter an “ingrown toenail” and announces her departure from the social media platform.

Comedian and rising Asian-American film actress Awkwafina recently took to her Twitter page to address claims of misappropriating the Black culture and dialect, and tell fans she’s leaving the platform.


Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Awkwafina got her rise to fame as a quirky comedian/rapper who often uses AAVE, or African-American Vernacular English, as a routine stage performance. However throughout her growing stardom, many people began to question whether the 33-year old actress was guilty of appropriating the Black culture with her caricature performance style.


Last August, during an interview promoting the newest Marvel release, Awkwafina received major backlash after stating her stance on doing written Asian accents and was quoted saying:

“I refuse to do accents. I’m not OK with someone writing the Asian experience for an Asian character. I make it very clear, I don’t ever go out for auditions where I feel like I’m making a minstrel out of our people.”

Social media was quick to remind the Crazy Rich Asians star of her rap career, and pointed out that she doesn’t mind taking the style of Black culture and using it for career gain, but feels so strongly against using her own culture in the same manner.

After years of fallout on the matter, Awkwafina has made a full apology over claims of blaccenting and offered an explanation on why she uses AAVE stating:

“My immigrant background allowed me to carve an identity off the movies and tv shows I watched, the children I went to public school with, and my undying love and respect for hip hop.”


She took to her twitter account to state:

The My Vag rapper followed up her post with a few more tweets, saying she was officially leaving the Twitter world on advice from her therapist, and clarifies that fans can still follower her on other social platforms.


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Authored by: Kay Johnson