'Is it cos I is white?' X Factor's Honey G hits back at "ridiculous" racism claims

Honey G

X Factor's Honey G has hit back at racism claims and says people have a problem with her because she's white.

The singer has come under fire since the live shows started 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 last week 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."


But Honey thinks she's the one being discriminated against.

"This was probably one of the most ridiculous things I have seen so far," Honey said of the 'racism' talk. “Any allegations of me being racist are completely false. All that stuff to do with me attacking black culture is utterly ridiculous."

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I’ve never said anything racist or behaved in that way, just because I’m pushing music from a black origin doesn’t mean I’m attacking black culture.

“I think people are discriminating against me, they are using the race card against me."

And Honey G accused: “I feel like they are discriminating against me because I am white. It makes me question whether they have a problem with someone rapping who is white.

“I’m not the only white person in the world who likes black music. There’s no evidence, proof or truth that I am a racist.”

While some people say Honey G is offensive, she also has a range of fans from Robbie Williams and Calvin Harris to rapper 50 Cent.

He told the Daily Star newspaper last weekend: “People be crazy saying Honey G’s act is racist. For anybody who thinks a white person performing music of black origin is racist, you know they don’t know what racism really is.


"A middle-aged white woman rapping along to Dre and Tupac ain’t even close to being racist.”

The X Factor 2016 airs LIVE on ITV Saturday, from 8PM with the performances.

Then on Sunday night at 8PM the latest results will see another act leave, as well as a performance from reigning X Factor winner Louisa Johnson.

Get the latest news

Subscribe on YouTube