Bhad Bhabie and Lil Yachty got into an explosive debate about cultural appropriation.
While going live on Instagram, the 18-year-old rapper-turned-OnlyFans star went off on on those who criticize her for emulating Black culture through her music and appearance.
“The one thing I’m really, really sick of is the whole ‘Bhad Bhabie is a cultural appropriator,’” she told Yachty. “No. Y’all make these words have different terms to what they even mean. Cultural appropriation is if I was to sit up and say, ‘Oh, a certain race looks ugly with that.’ And then I go do that on myself.”
She continued, “If I said that Black girls look ugly with braids and then I go get them, that’s culturally appropriating. Or when girls put chopsticks in their hair, that’s cultural appropriation. That’s doing something negative with someone’s culture.”
But her “Gucci Flip Flops” collaborator didn’t seem to agree with her argument. “Bro, what the f**k is you talking about?” asked Yachty.
“If I wanna be Black, then why am I racist?” Bhabie responded. “Make it make sense. That’s really what I get pissed about.”
The controversial teenager also addressed the criticism over her “hood accent” before Yachty quipped, “This ain’t got nothing to do with nothing. I swear, nobody cares.”
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According to Bhabie, her critics will never be able to understand what she goes through. “You don’t live in my shoes. You ain’t as popular. You ain’t got as much money as me … You don’t know what a person like me goes through.”
Yachty tried to get her to calm down to no avail. “You understand right now in a room it’s you yelling at a phone screen?” he told her before ending the livestream.
Bhabie has downplayed cultural appropriation accusations in the past. “I look at that cultural appropriation shit and I just ignore it because it’s ridiculous, it really is,” she told The FADER back in 2017. “You cannot act a color. Do not tell me I’m acting black because I’m not. I’m acting ‘urban,’ or whatever you want to call it. I don’t even have a name for it, I call it, ‘me.’ How I act is me.”