Lily Allen has criticised polarising X Factor rapper Honey G, while also admitting being guilty of cultural appropriation in her own past.
35-year-old white rapper Honey G from Harrow in North-West London – or “North Weezy” as she calls it – has been the major talking point of this year’s series, with some calling her act a problematic parody of hip-hop culture. The Guardian‘s Lola Okolosie recently argued that her performance on the show is “modern-day blackface”.
During a discussion about cultural appropriation in music on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show tonight (November 2), Allen shared her views on Honey G. “As far as I can tell she is a white lady that dresses up in Ali G, Goldie Lookin Chain kind of attire,” Allen said. “She has done really well on X Factor and ITV is pouring money into her. I’m not black but I find it offensive.
Allen added: “So wrong on so many levels, I can’t even start to talk about it.”
She then went on to say: “I was guilty of appropriating when I did a video called ‘Hard Out Here’ [in 2014]. The intention behind it [was], I definitely wanted to make a feminist statement. But I was guilty of assuming that there was a one-size-fits-all where feminism is concerned.”
Professor Green also criticised Honey G recently, saying she is “taking the mickey out of rap”.
Responding to suggestions she is “mocking” black culture with her performances, Honey G previously told The Mirror: “This was probably one of the most ridiculous things I have seen so far. Any allegations of me being racist are completely false. All that stuff to do with me attacking black culture is utterly ridiculous.”
“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,” she continued. “I think people are discriminating against me. They are using the race card against me.”
“I feel like they are discriminating against me because I am white,” Honey G added. “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.”
The controversial reality TV contestant has seen herself accused of being an actress by a member of Little Mix, while also receiving an offer of a duet from Snoop Dogg.