Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Awkwafina is accused of racism on social networks

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hit theaters very soon – 95%, a movie that promises to be the equivalent of Black Panther – 90% but in China instead of Africa, with a mostly Asian cast and production team, and although the main actor has given much to talk about for his controversial statements on social networks, now who attracted attention was Awkwafina, an actress who plays one of the characters in the movie.

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Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, a 33-year-old singer of Chinese and South Korean descent, has appeared on Madly Millionaires – 93%, Raya and The Last Dragon – 97% y The Farewell – 92%, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. In the music industry he has had great successes such as the songs “My vag” and “Green Tea”.

A Awkwafina He is accused of being a hypocrite for having said in an interview that it bothered him a lot that in auditions they asked him to do an Asian accent, but in his music and in the film Ocean’s 8: Las Condedores – 58% we see her do the accent of the neighborhood black, known as blaccent. You can read his words in the interview with VICE here:

I’ve dropped out of auditions where the casting director suddenly changed her mind and asked for accents. I refuse to do accents … I agree with having an Asian look if done in a genuine way. I do not agree with someone writing the Asian experience for an Asian character and I make it very clear, I never go to auditions where I feel like I am turning our people into buffoons.

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Although we have translated as “jesters”, the word used by the actress is minstrel, which refers to a racist theatrical show, where white actors painted their faces black (blackface) and made fun of Afro-descendants. The term is problematic because Awkwafina herself is using blaccent when she is not black or grew up in a black neighborhood, and for that reason on social networks they have reacted like this:

‘I refuse to do accents. I do not agree with someone writing the Asian experience for an Asian character. I make it very clear, I never go out to auditions where I feel like I’m turning our people into buffoons. ‘ – Awkwafina

Awkwafina is so weird for saying this. In one case, you don’t want Asian people to be stereotyped in movies, which is great, but then you keep making fun of what you represent by blaccent despite having a normal voice? It just doesn’t add up.

Awkwafina won’t be doing accents, but he will release rap songs in a ‘blaccent’ and will not apologize for using it to gain fame. It is understood. That is an interesting choice of words. ‘Minstrel’.

Non-black women like Awkwafina are not ‘changing the code’ with their stereotypical and forced blaccents. His stereotypical and forced blaccents are a form of racism. If they change their code, why do those accents disappear when they are around family and friends? Awkwafina grew up in Forest Hills and there are not many black people in that area. So how come the forced blaccent is a product of its environment when the people in its environment don’t even speak that way?

For anyone who still defends her, [ella] He admitted that Awkwafina was an alter ego to his easy-going personality, which means it’s not his accent, it’s a forced one. caricature, literal caricature.

That is why the superficial representation is complicated and dangerous. I’ve seen the tweets; this is not a code change. The code change would be for her to wear an accent from her own culture, which she refuses to do. So why is it so easy to poke fun at black culture? For a reason, it is easy to imitate.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe did not have any premiere in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year the fans are very happy because four series have already been released on Disney Plus and the Black Widow movie – 87%; after Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings We will have Eternals, in November, and in December Spider-Man: No Road Home is expected.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Awkwafina is accused of racism on social networks