X Factor 2016: Honey G hits back at claims her performances are 'RACIST'

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X Factor's Honey G has hit back at viewers who have accused her of racism.

Sunday night saw Honey G survive the latest elimination after a performance of The Notorious B.I.G's Mo Money, Mo Problems.

That followed her take on California by 2Pac during last weekend's first live show.

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While the judges - and clearly at least some viewers - have taken to Honey G, some find the whole thing offensive.

In an opinion piece in The Guardian, Honey G's act was 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."

On Twitter, others agreed.

“Honey G is a racist caricature of black culture," one claimed.

And another suggested: “Appropriating black culture 4 the sake of comedy is racist.”

Responding to the criticisms, Honey G hit back (via the Daily Star): "Any claims about me being racist are completely false and ridiculous.

"I’ve been heavily influenced by rap and hip-hop culture and involved in it for a number of years.”

The X Factor 2016 is back next Saturday and Sunday night on ITV at 8PM.

The theme is divas and there will be guest performances from Shawn Mendes and John Legend.

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