Controversial X Factor contestant Honey G has responded to criticism from the likes of Lily Allen, warning her critics: “They don’t know who they’re messing with”.
The 35-year-old white 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, 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”.
Allen recently described Honey G as “offensive”, adding that the act was “so wrong on so many levels”.
Responding in an interview with The Sun, Honey G said of Allen: “She’s obviously feeling threatened by a white woman coming onto the scene and rapping and coming out and smashing it and shutting the whole thing down.”
Adding: “I think she’s being spiteful and malicious. She’s got a sharp tongue. She’s obviously saying this type of thing out of spite – she’s being spiteful. I don’t see how she can say she finds it offensive. She’s not exactly the spokesperson of the black community. She better take her jealousy elsewhere.”
The reality TV contestant has also seen herself accused of being an actress by a member of Little Mix and described as “taking the mickey out of rap” by Professor Green.
Of Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson’s comments, Honey G said: “It’s annoying and obviously it’s quite insulting to be called an actress. I’ve been a musician the whole of my life. I’ve got a musical background I’ve got a degree from one of the best universities for music production. I’ve been rapping and producing for about 15 years. I’m also involved closely with BBC Radio 1Xtra which is the UK’s biggest black music radio station. So yeah, she needs her head checked because she doesn’t really know what she’s chatting about.”
On Professor Green, she said: “I don’t feel like he’s in any position to be making comments like that and running his mouth up like that. The sixth live show of X Factor this is where I am. You’ve just seen the bookies’ odds – I’m the favourite. I don’t think he’s in the position to be running his mouth up about me taking the mickey out of rap.I’ve had the public behind me, I’ve had 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg behind me. Snoop is saying he wants to record. Back down or get smacked down.”
“These people saying this sort of stuff they don’t know who they’re messing with,” she added.