X Factor 2016: Honey G denies 'raping black culture'

Honey G

X Factor's Honey G has hit back at haters who claim she's mocking 'black culture'.

The singer has come under fire since the live shows began for what some people claim is cultural appropriation.

A writer in The Guardian previously accused Honey's act of being an offensive caricature of blackness, while at the weekend one viewer complained: "Honey G's performance on X Factor was the rape of black culture.

"All jokes aside, cultural appropriation actually upset me on Saturday night."

Honey G hit back at the suggestion in an interview with The Sun newspaper, saying: “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 rapper - real name Anna Georgette Gilford - who calls herself a "genuine urban artist" went on to tell the tabloid: “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.”

Despite the complaints, Honey has so far avoided the bottom three danger zone in the live results shows.

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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