Controversial X Factor contestant Honey G has accused her critics of anti-semitism.
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”.
Speaking to Jewish News Online recently, Honey G said: “I’m a producer and natural born performer, so for people to say to me that I’m raping black culture actually feels like it’s them discriminating. They’ve got a problem with a white person rapping.”
“The people who’ve come out and insulted me are not exactly spokespeople for the black community. No one’s said, ‘I’m speaking on behalf of the black community.’ These people are just haters, they’re never going to get anywhere with preaching hate. It’s literally ridiculous. The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in my entire life.”
Asked whether she thought the criticism had anything to do with her being Jewish, Honey G seemed to agree and replied: “I’ve experienced it the whole of my life. When I was growing up people used to make fun of me, referring to me as a ‘Jewish princess’ or talking to me about me looking Jewish, having a Jewish nose, you know. It’s quite insulting.”
“I know one Yiddish phrase which my grandpa taught me: ‘Gai shlog dein kup en vant,’ which is, ‘Go bang your head against the wall’. But as for rapping in Yiddish or Hebrew, I could always have a crack at it, but it’s not really on the top of my to-do list at the moment.”
The reality TV contestant has 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. Lily Allen has also described Honey G as “offensive”, adding that the act was “so wrong on so many levels”.