"Do not tell me I'm acting black."
It's been over a year since Bhad Bhabie a.k.a Danielle Bregoli went viral for her appearance on Dr. Phil. The controversy that surrounded her at the time propelled her into the limelight but many assumed it would only last a short amount of time. She's defied the projections about her career and managed to finesse her questionable antics into a record deal with Atlantic Records. Nowadays, she's managed to define herself as more than the "Cash Me Ousside Girl" and into a rapper. However, her career and overall behavior has been criticized not only because of her age but because many feel that she's appropriated black culture. She hasn't really responded to any of it until recently.
In an interview with The Fader, Bhad Bhabie finally responded to criticisms of cultural appropriation that have been surfacing ever since she became a meme. Bregoli told them that the concept of cultural appropriation is "ridiculous."
"I look at that cultural appropriation shit and I just ignore it because it’s ridiculous, it really is. You cannot act a color. Do not tell me I’m acting black because I’m not," she said, "How I act is me. I get braids all the time, you can’t tell me I’m acting black because I braid my hair. That makes no sense whatsoever. One race does something more than another race."
She further elaborates on the thought by saying that "if someone wants to do something they should just do it, as long as they’re happy with it."
You could watch the interview with her full comments below around the 3:33 mark.