‘Cash Me Outside Girl’ Says Cultural Appropriation Is ‘Ridiculous’ [WATCH]
Bhad Bhabie, also known as the "Cash Me Outside Girl" (real name Danielle Bregoli) has known thrown her two cents into the ongoing conversation about cultural appropriation, particularly in hip-hop.
To be fair, the girl is 14 and was asked about cultural appropriation when she was interviewed by Fader. Of course, the question is a valid one, given the current racial climate and the rise of white rappers who seemingly have disregarded black culture and hip-hop as a genre (looking at you, Post Malone). Bregoli herself has clearly benefited from this phenomenon, signing with Atlantic records after a clip of her on Dr. Phil went viral. Although she previously wasn't making music, her releases, “These Heaux,” “Hi Bich,” “I Got It” and “Mama Don’t Worry (Still Ain’t Dirty)” are steadily gaining momentum.
Bregoli proceeds to give the most millennial response ever to the question, insisting cultural appropriation isn't really even an actual thing, and she's just being herself.
“I look at that cultural appropriation s--- and I just ignore it because it’s ridiculous, it really is,” she explained. “You cannot act a color. Do not tell me I’m acting black because I’m not.”
“I’m acting ‘urban,’ or whatever you want to call it,” she continued. “I don’t even have a name for it, I call it, ‘me.’ How I act is me. I get braids all the time, you can’t tell me I’m acting black because I braid my hair. That makes no sense whatsoever."
She concludes that people should just be happy doing whatever they want to.
“If someone wants to do something they should just do it, as long as they’re happy with it,” she surmised about the allegations. “If you’re not happy with it then don’t do it. Do what you’re happy with and not what you think who ever else is going to tell you about you ‘acting a color.’ You don’t act at all, you just do what you think is best. There’s no way to act a color, that s---’s ridiculous.”
Clearly, someone needs to offer her a few text books, or articles about what cultural appropriation is and why it is still very much a thing. Just this week, Nicki Minaj came under fire for pointing out the obvious—it's a great time to be a white rapper. Maybe Bergoli could talk to her?
At any rate, you can check out her comments above.