X Factor 2016: Lily Allen blasts 'offensive' Honey G


X Factor's Honey G has come under attack from singer Lily Allen for "cultural appropriation".

Honey G has been under fire since the live shows started with some people claiming her act is "offensive".

A writer in The Guardian previously accused Honey G's performances 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."


Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac this week, Lily Allen became the latest to aim at Honey G.

Discussing cultural appropriation in the music industry, the Hard Out Here hitmaker told the radio station: “As far as I can tell she is a white lady that dresses up in Ali G, Goldie Lookin Chain kind of attire.

“She has done really well on X Factor and ITV is pouring money into her. I’m not black but I find it offensive.

"So wrong on so many levels, I can’t even start to talk about it.”

Honey previous hit back at the claims and said she feels she's the one being discriminated against.

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 is back this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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