Awkwafina took to Twitter to explain her controversial use of a “blaccent” Saturday. Then she quit the social network. The 33-year-old actor and rapper tweeted that “to mock, belittle, or to be unkind in any way possible at the expense of others is: Simply. Not. My. Nature. It never has, and it never was.” Awkwafina, who was born Nora Lum, has faced consistent criticism over her use of African-American vernacular English (AAVE) in her music and film performances, especially in Crazy Rich Asians in the role of Goh Peik Lin. She promised to “always listen.” “As a non-Black POC, I stand by the fact that I will always listen and work tirelessly to understand the history and context of AAVE, what is deemed appropriate or backwards toward the progress of ANY and EVERY marginalized group,” she wrote. Explaining where her choice of voice originated from, Awkwafina wrote, “My immigrant background allowed me to carve an American identity off the movies and tv shows I watched, the chil . . . read the full article here.
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