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At first a part of me didn’t care (Smh @ myself), I stopped watching his videos after high school as I started to find him less funny and got tired of him trying to be black, and defend that he’s not. He can defend the success of his mixtapes (which I’ve seen him do on tumblr) but while he can rhyme the majority of his success comes from his YouTube audience, while he is Asian and proud, he is definitely a non Black-Person of Color that benefits from appropriating Black Culture, customs and our slang/aave. Big deal he grew up with hip hop, a lot of people do, and a lot ppl use it as an excuse to emulate from the Hip hop artist they listened to growing up. He constantly says he went to school with a mixed group of ethnicities but you can see how he is influenced by his Black peers. His name “delaghetto” is from a fresh prince of bel air episode, which yeah there is nothing wrong but in combination with his other stuff…yeah it’s clear. And big shit he has a black friend in his vids.
He has answered questions on his tumblr page about acting Black, a part of his response was: “What sucks for black people is that “acting black” has been reduced to slang words and backward hats by people like you. I’m not black, and I’m glad I’m not black, because I already get pulled over enough as it is; but if I was, I would be insulted if after everything black people have accomplished, “acting black” in your mind is just some ghetto ratchet shit that you see on TV.” (his full response here). The thing is…it is sad Black Culture is reduced to a lot of shit, but speaking of urban street culture and style pioneered by Black people and hip hop. It is always imitated and used by non blacks, who get away with it and don’t have to deal with the negative social stigma and they are even celebrated.
Him having a Black girlfriend is not a problem, unless it’s a racial fetish. While he has been criticized or objectifying women, I can’t recall him objectifying women because of their race…please cite that.
Yeah I saw the video of him defending Justin Bieber and saying he doesn’t act black, cultural appropriators will defend another. Lol that was the last vid I probably saw. And I’d like to also see a video of him making that statement about hip hop (Please cite that). Hip hop culture/rap music exist because of Black people, it’s an aspect of our culture. Non Blacks are merely guest in the hip hop community. Understand that and know your place.
And I’m sure some of his fans will oppose my statement, I’m not saying he isn’t talented or successful or smart, so don’t try to derail the fucking point.
Correction, anon! Never have I ever said that hip hop is a non black thing. Although hiphop culture has spread all over the world and has been embraced by all colors and kinds of people, I have always acknowledged that it was black music.
Now yes, the way I talk/act was influenced by the people I grew up around, which was a mix of all types of races, but it would be silly to not recognize where everything comes from. Do I think I act “black?” of course not, I act like ME, BUT, to not acknowledge that the hip hop culture was started by and is majority black people would be naive.
There’s a reason why I never got cornrows growing up, and there’s a reason (why no matter how much the youth has accepted it and think it’s okay) I don’t say “nigga.” One may argue that the word has taken on a whole different meaning nowadays, BUT lemme tell yall a story. When I was in highschool, I was in the bathroom at the movies, and I heard a couple white dudes sayin “my nigga” this and “my nigga” that, then an old black dude walked out of the stall shaking his head, and we made eye contact. I could tell that no matter how much the kids think it’s just a word, it would never just be a word to that old black dude.
There’s nothing fake about me, I know who I am and where I come from. I also realize where my influence comes from, that’s why people of all colors fuck with me. That’s it.. I wasn’t really too concerned with the rest of this post, just annoyed by the anon making statements that weren’t true. lol anyways, carry on.