Examples of blaccent
Examples of blaccent
Where does blaccent come from?
There are a lot of ways a non-black person can put on a blaccent, or a black accent. These include using slang (yaaaas queen is a frequent offender, taken from black queer culture) and speaking with a speech quality reminiscent of Black English.
Early evidence for the term blaccent comes in 2003 on internet forums to refer to black speech in general. It was used again in 2009 to talk about the way President Obama was perceived to code-switch into Black (vs. Standard) English when speaking to black audiences.
By 2010, however, blaccent began to more specifically refer to when non-black people tried to speak Black English—whether for clout or coin.
Entertainers, especially female rappers and singers, have been notably accused of adopting a blaccent throughout the 2010s. Examples include Iggy Azalea in 2015, Bhad Bhabie in 2017, and Ariana Grande in late 2018. Actress and rapper Nora Lum was also charged with using a blaccent in the hit 2018 romantic comedy, Crazy Rich Asians.
These criticisms helped bring blaccent into more mainstream discussions of cultural appropriation.
Who uses blaccent?
Before the 2010s, people used blaccent to describe Black English, a full-fledged dialect of the English language.
black twitter has collectively decided ariana is a problematic artist with a blaccent because she says “yo” 😭😭 yall are dumb
— ale (@imagine__ariana) January 29, 2019
Since the 2010s, blaccent has primarily been to criticize non-black people who try to speak Black English. It’s been used in this way by such popular publications like Complex, Refinery29, Drudge Report, and the prominent Washington Post. It’s commonly seen on Twitter as well.
PAPER: How Iggy Azalea Mastered Her 'Blaccent'… https://t.co/PaenQKXPY8
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) January 4, 2016
If you’re not a black American, you don’t want to try speaking like you are, as it’s considered a form of cultural appropriation and disrespectful of black history and experience. That said, Black English, especially its slang, has greatly influenced popular culture and, in many instances, entered mainstream slang, from cool to lit.
I just want to know why some white ppl think apologizing for racism, saying "we're all human," then putting on a blaccent is connecting.
— Zeba Blay (@zblay) September 5, 2017