X Factor's Honey G accused of 'offensive cultural appropriation'

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X Factor's Honey G has come under fire for "the appropriation of black cultural production".

Last Saturday night saw The X Factor 2016 live shows kick off with Honey G closing the evening.

Honey G belted out California by 2Pac with some of her own lyrics and sailed through to next week in Sunday night's results.

Louis Walsh remarked: "I think Tupac would be happy."


Nicole Scherzinger commented on Honey's jumpsuit: "It's like Missy Elliot does a jacket potato."

And Simon Cowell said: "I don't know what just happened. But here's the weird thing, I loved it. I just really like you. I thought you weren't serious when you came in but now I realise you are."

Honey told host Dermot O'Leary after her performance: "I'm just having the time of my life, I just don't want it to end."

But it seems that some people want her to stop right now.

In an opinion piece in The Guardian, Honey G's act has been described as "modern-day blackface".

"Honey G’s tinfoil gold tracksuit, shades and florid hand gestures betray what the whole act is about: a caricature of blackness as stupid and illicit," the piece suggests.

The writer concludes: "The X factor judge Louis Walsh gushed that Tupac 'would be happy' with Honey G’s performance. No, the son of Black Panther activists would not happy. Anyone caring to face facts would see this for what it is: modern-day blackface."

The article caused quite the stir online, with many people agreeing on Twitter.

"I thought this article was spot on. It's a shame people can't see it for what it really is," one wrote.

Others were... less receptive.

"I'd love to get a copy of this article! I need something to wipe my big s****y a**e on," one reply read.

Speaking ahead of last weekend's first live show, Honey G maintained that she wasn't a 'joke act'.


She told The Sun newspaper: "I have been a musician my whole life. I’m a heavyweight producer, I’m not a bedroom producer. I’m the finished article and I’m no different to the likes of Pharrell or Jay-Z.

"I find it quite insulting that people would think I am a novelty act, but maybe people have a problem with a white woman rapping."

The X Factor 2016 continues this Saturday and Sunday night live on ITV from 8PM.

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