X Factor 2016: Saara Aalto accused of 'racist cultural appropriation'


Saara Aalto has become the latest X Factor contestant to be accused of so-called 'cultural appropriation'.

The singer gave another trademark wacky performance this evening, singing Girls Aloud's Sound Of The Underground.

But the styling of the performance left many 'sensitive' viewers outraged.

"Is it just me or is Saaras outfit on X factor a bit racist or like maybe just a bit of cultural appropriation ..?" one wrote on Twitter.

"Ooooo the cultural appropriation is not ok saara, I love you but no no no no no no #xfactor," another wrote.

A third commented: "Despicable cultural appropriation from Saara 🙁 #thatsracist #xfactor"

X Factor's creative director Brian Friedman appeared to hit back at the controversy on an Instagram post online.

He wrote: "I'm so proud of my little muse @saaraaalto!!! No one should be discussing a wig after her performance tonight. She sang UPSIDE DOWN whilst SPINNING & was IN TUNE! Credit where credit is due 😉 @thexfactor."

The latest claims of 'cultural appropriation' come after Lily Allen accused Honey G's performances of being offensive for the same reason.

"I’m not black but I find it offensive," she said in the week.

However the talk of 'cultural appropriation' has been slammed by rapper 50 Cent, who stuck up for Honey G recently.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: “For anybody who thinks a white person performing music of black origin is racist, you know they don’t know what racism really is.

“Come and speak to real victims of racism who have seen their kids shot up. These people complaining ain’t got a clue."

The X Factor continues Sunday night at 8PM on ITV.

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