X Factor’s Honey G denies ‘raping black culture’

35-year-old rapper from Harrow has been criticised for alleged cultural appropriation

Controversial X Factor finalist Honey G has responded to criticism of alleged cultural appropriation and questions over her authenticity.

The 35-year-old rapper from Harrow in North-West London – or “North Weezy” as she calls it – has been the major talking point of this year’s series. Some viewers believe she is a serious rapper with rather unusual technique, whereas others think her act is a potentially problematic parody of hip-hop culture.

The Guardian‘s Lola Okolosie recently branded her performance on the show “modern-day blackface”. Twitter users have also described Honey G’s act as “the rape of black culture”.


Honey G has now responded to the criticism, telling The Sun: “Any claims about me being racist are completely false and ridiculous. I’ve been heavily influenced by rap and hip-hop culture and involved in it for a number of years.”

Honey G, real name Anna Georgette Gilford, previously said: “I have been a musician my whole life. I’m a heavyweight producer, I’m not a bedroom producer. I’m the finished article and I’m no different to the likes of Pharrell or Jay-Z. I find it quite insulting that people would think I am a novelty act, but maybe people have a problem with a white woman rapping.”

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 with Snoop Dogg.

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“I will drop whatever I have on to give them an X Factor exclusive and duet with Honey”, Snoop told The Daily Star recently, encouraging viewers to pick up the phone and vote to keep Honey G in by assuring them that together they could give “a performance like The X Factor ain’t never seen before.”

“I think she’s an actress, I’ve been told she is as well,” Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson said of Honey G on KISS FM recently.

“I don’t think it’s fair that novelty acts get through,” Nelson continued. “I get it in that it becomes a little niche thing and everyone finds it funny, but I just think it’s so unfair when so many incredible people don’t get through.”


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