Of all the words that have been created, put in the dictionary (or Urban Dictionary) or ever been said, nothing creates quite the divisive conversation like the N-word.
While prepping to tape the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show earlier this month, many of the models recorded behind-the-scenes video of backstage fun. One of those videos that surfaced includes a clip of a room full of White models and Asian women working behind the scenes (model Dilone is the only Black woman in the room we see — hopping around with a short haircut), listening to Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.” Understandably enthusiastic, the women dance around while rapping the lyrics. But it’s when they get to the “And I’m quick, cut a n—a off, so don’t get comfortable” part that has stirred up controversy:
Victoria’s Secret angels sings to #CardiB’s “#BodakYellow” at the backstage but this has sparked a massive backlash ? The video shows white models rendering Cardi B’s line “And I’m quick, cut a n***** hustle,” comes on the N-word is audible, but the majority of the women in the video are white ? People were quick to drag the models for their racist action. Everyone can listen to “Bodak Yellow” and everyone should listen to it. #AfricaCableNetwork #VictoriasSecretShow #VictoriasSecret #Fashion #VictoriasSecretAngels #Music #backlash #vs #nword #model #racist #racism
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The word can be heard as clear and loud as day, but it seems only one white model, Devon Windsor (in the very middle of a huddle of women), chooses to control what’s coming out of her mouth and avoids using the word. With the large number of Black models cast (about 17) not present at the time of this sing-a-long (again, aside from Dilone), it looks like the girls were more than comfortable belting out that particular part of the track.
The common argument here has been that these are the lyrics in the song. If artists didn’t want a non-Black audience to say the word, they shouldn’t use it in their music.
But the counter to that is, no matter the context, if you’re not Black, you shouldn’t say it. You should be capable of censoring yourself.
Twitter was quick to make that clear once the video surfaced, and you know users had a lot to say. Check out the responses for yourself by hitting the flip and let us know what you think:
playing the video again to see who needs to be cancelled pic.twitter.com/NEjh9RN5uL
— hazirah n (@sisterhazirah) November 30, 2017