Twitter is criticizing actress Awkwafina after she said in an interview with Vice that she doesn’t audition for roles where she’d have to use an Asian accent or mock the Asian community, but is seemingly OK with misappropriating Black Americans.
Last year, The Chronicle detailed how some people have condemned the actress for using “Black aesthetics” in order to rise to fame.
“Awkwafina has made a career out of performing a caricatured interpretation of Blackness,” Hannah Miao, a journalist for The Chronicle wrote.
“Coopting African American Vernacular English (AAVE), speaking in a 'blaccent' and playing characters that could be interpreted as minstrel-esque, Awkafina has worn Blackness like a costume, putting it on when it commercially rewards her ('Crazy Rich Asians' and 'Oceans 8')” she continued.
She rose to fame in 2012 after her song “My Vag” went viral where she rapped about her private area, all while using a gangster-like persona. She’s also known for her breakout role in Crazy Rich Asians where she used a “Blaccent” and slang that’s widely used in the Black community.
In a now-viral tweet, a user published a quote from the actress that stated “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.”
“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.” – Awkwafina pic.twitter.com/o9OtfBXd5n
— Xvengers (@MonicasFlight) August 14, 2021
People took to Twitter to share their thoughts about the actress standing up for her community, yet having no issue with misrepresenting the Black community.
One it’s a minstrel show and two she faked this accent in real life until recently when the deals got bigger and three she is actually from NY and her actual speaking voice is nothing like this pic.twitter.com/ErK82Wfk7E
— Xvengers (@MonicasFlight) August 17, 2021
Why am I not surprised that out of all the Black women saying “this ain’t right”, there’s a brother out here sayin’ “I dunno, maybe.”
Like can we listen to the sisters JUST ONCE?
— Splash Page Killer (@SplshPgKlr) August 15, 2021
One user who is a fan of the actress' work stated that she deserves the backlash.
As a Awkwafina fan the takes in the quote tweets and replies are warranted and spot on.
But I don't know if the accent is just a product of her environment or if she kicks it with brown people on the regular.
Either way. The takes are not wrong.
— ???????? (@ZAPSRK) August 15, 2021
She’s doesn’t want to make mockery off of Asian people but thinks it's perfectly okay for her to make mockery off of the way Black people speak, and call herself Awkwafina. The anti-Blackness is real.
— ???????????????????? (@MJFINESSELOVER) August 16, 2021
I had trouble putting my finger on why her even showing up in something always bugged me but there it is.
— Daniel Feldsien (@DFeldsien) August 16, 2021
I loved her in The Farewell.
I was introduced to her from Crazy Rich Asians so I just assumed that was her voice but now that I know it's not a genuine voice it's disappointing
Hope she's woman enough to apologize
— Flower Boy T (@ThomasAHester2) August 15, 2021
The actress will be starring in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings scheduled to be released this September.