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Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg Criticizes Pop Stars For 'Rampant' Appropriation of Black Culture (Video)

Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg Criticizes Pop Stars For 'Rampant' Appropriation of Black Culture (Video)

Amandla Stenberg recently took to Tumblr to call out some of the biggest pop stars in a video for her history class!

“[In the 2010s], pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention,” the 16-year-old Hunger Games actress said. “In 2013, Miley Cyrus twerks and uses black women as props, and then in 2014, in one of her videos called ‘This Is How We Do,’ Katy Perry uses Ebonics and hand gestures and eats watermelons while wearing cornrows before cutting inexplicably to a picture of Aretha Franklin. So as you can see, cultural appropriation was rampant.”

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She added, “I’ve been seeing this question a lot on social media, and I think it’s really relevant: ‘What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?’”

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  • VanityInsecurity

    The more people try to separate races, the continuity of racism will exist. Separatist ideas & pointing fingers at every small detail will only cause more conflict.
    Should we point fingers at black people who try to look more white with their looks or should only white people use cell phones since they created it?
    When will people stop complaining about Caucasians? Why can’t they use something from a different culture without being called racist?

    One drop rule, afrocentric 16 year old brainwashed fool.

  • HOW REALITY WORKS

    Oh, please, nigga. Pop culture isn’t even from black african cultural origins, so stop pretending that you even have a brain for experiencing cultural references that aren’t even yours. If you feel that way, then go back to africa and make up your own kind of music and cultural movement. Don’t invent junk that everything is created by and appropriated from your culture when relatively nothing is. If you were one of many other of the planets peoples one would say you are right, but you’re a nig with nothing really to show for your incriminations. So, please, nigga, just stop this bad joke.

  • HOW REALITY WORKS

    It seems to be africans complaining about Americans this time, but they also complain about asians and everyone else, it’s true. Basically, they have a bent about the lighter skinned planet at large. You never hear that from other darker skinned peoples.

  • John Wick

    Correct, and very well put.

  • Guest

    this person probably white.

  • Lola

    Hey cracker, your grossness is showing, go back to the 1950′s and never come back.

  • John Wick

    Yes, This time they are complaining about Americans, not asians such as caucasoids, but the complaint remains the same.

  • John Wick

    It seems more time for you to go back to africa and never come or look back, don’t you think? But, no, you don’t think, so the comment poster is again correct.

  • Lola

    I’m not even black, I’m just not a racist stupid teenager hiding on my momas basement. Bye felicia.
    PS: Stop liking your own posts.

  • HOW REALITY WORKS

    That would be IN your mommas basement, ape. Stupid teenage apes such as yourself hiding in africas attic can’t formulate sentences worth apeshit.

  • HOW REALITY WORKS

    So, this means you’re not.

  • Lola

    Yes, because every person in the world is obliged to learn english, there are no other languages. Congrats ON your ignorance. Bye.

  • John Wick

    YOU’RE a twit AND a troll. Not brain damaged, merely a cultural trait of your species.

  • John Wick

    Coincidentally, I was just eating crackers as I read your attempts to appropriate them.

  • Dory Phore

    Firstly, what they’re copying is not “black” culture. Black people are diverse and have many different cultures. This particular culture (twerking) is black American ‘ghetto’ culture.

    That said, I agree with what she has said.

  • HOW REALITY WORKS

    Pop culture is an American culture, not “african ghetto black culture”, whatever that is. It is a culture from America, by Americans. Rock is another one. Not an alien migrant import.

  • Dory Phore

    I had to read this twice to find any sort of intelligible meaning in it. Basically, you are displaying your ignorance, worthlessness and stupidity. Keep up the good work, Neanderthal.

  • Dory Phore

    You’re a subhuman who should’ve gone extinct like the rest of your neanderthal relatives.

    Oh, “mommas” REQUIRES an apostrophe between the “a” and the “s,” and the rest of your sentence lacks proper syntax and punctuation, too.

  • Dory Phore

    You’re missing the point. Miley Cyrus does not care about the “low-income ghetto culture” she copies. She uses it to make herself “edgy.” Miley was raised listening to country music, and her first musical reincarnation was as a ‘punk/grunge rocker’ type. When the punk rock image failed to make her ‘cool,’ she literally dumped the Nirvana T-shirt for a Tupac T-shirt.

    For a white person born and.or raised among low-income blacks in “the hood,” twerking is fine, but Miley is only doing it to ‘look cool.’

    This ‘black people = cool’ belief is often used by entrepreneurial whites to make themselves wealthy (often at the expense of the poor blacks whose ‘practices’ they’ve copied). Hence, ‘twerking’ has not helped any of the low-income black girls who did, but it has given Miley Cyrus lots of attention and helped her to transform her public image (her goal), subsequently reviving her fledgling career.

  • John Wick

    YOU’RE STILL a twit AND a troll, and YOUR entire species are STILL apes. NOT brain damaged, as I’ve said, this IS merely a cultural trait of YOUR species. Also, YOUR knowledge of diction SUCKS gorilla balls, just like YOU, ape.

  • Steve Kirk

    What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?’”

    Drop the mic.

    Amazing.

  • Steve Kirk

    Yeah, you just excused yourself from the grown-up table.

    Racist fool.

  • John Wick

    Except, black africans aren’t cool and didn’t create pop culture in any way and are usually uptight and culturelessly inclined by their nature. But, then, YOU’RE NOT one of the cultures YOU’RE trying to misalign by trolling this comment board.

  • Dory Phore

    You are worthless and need to join your neanderthal ancestors in extinction. You can’t even put together a proper sentence.

  • John Wick

    MORE illiterate ape rants from the resident illiterate ape troll on this board. It MUST have appropriated MORE of MY crackers.

  • Dory Phore

    And speaking of bad jokes and an evolutionary failure…I present, John Wick/How Reality Works

  • Dory Phore

    Stop responding to me and go into extinction.

    You are so pathetic you respond to yourself using different usernames.

  • Davis

    Twerking? So only black people are allowed to shake their rumps? What about people who grew up in a privileged lifestyle can they rap or sing the blues?

  • John Wick

    It is POP culture being mentioned here, not black african culture. America doesn’t do black african culture, obviously, and you’re presupposing America loves some black culture that America doesn’t do. Drop the chicken leg, obama, I’VE got a GUN.

  • John Wick

    Especially since neither rapping nor the blues comes from anything black african.

  • John Wick

    WE OWN and BUILT the grown up table, foolish hatemonger troll black african apeshit. Do YOU feel all grown-up now, apeshit.

  • John Wick

    You’ve already presented yourself as the resident apeshit hatemonger troll on this comment board, so the ONLY bad joke here is YOU.

  • Revengefan0101

    She’s right. Embrace your own culture and stop trying to appropriate other people’s cultures.

  • John Wick

    Oh, YOU’RE the species going into permanent extinction BY YOU’RE own doing, so WE DON’T have to worry about YOU.

  • Sim

    These people make me laugh, name one musical instrument invented by a black person, or modern sound engineering, modern equipment like electric guitar .

    Everything this dumb idiots does , how she lives invented by whites in western society from the laws and society she governed by, to the way she lives propelled by industrial revolution to the technology revolution to most medical breakthroughs but she pretending that some how the tiny minority for the last 250 years of black people in America who are culturally and live vastly different then black people anywhere else in world and that they haven’t appropriated from the white society that they’ve been surround by for centuries

    And she wants to really get into who has appropriates from who’s culture.

    As if everyone black or white doesn’t know that if blacks had been forced to leave America after civil war and shipped back to their homeland .
    America would be essentially the same except less taxes spent deacdes on welfare, criminal system, poverty & inner city programs and no rap music or ghetto culture…. While blacks know they would have lived vastly different lives that would resemble nothing culturally to what is modern African American culture.

  • Dory Phore

    Different name, same illiterate gibberish.

  • HOW REALITY WORKS

    Yes, I notice you DO have a different name AND THE SAME ILLITERATE GIBBERISH. YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, APESHIT.

  • HOW REALITY WORKS

    So, you, of the culture of real neanderthals, displaying YOU’RE ignorance, worthlessness and stupidity as your species does by nature, can’t read or comprehend anything intelligible. How is this new information to anyone aware of your cultural fallacies? IT ISN’T, APESHIT.

  • ohbutwait

    Uh, what??? you are wrong but you knew that already.

  • ohbutwait

    troll

  • ohbutwait

    Just flag the trolls, don’t feed them.

  • jh7058622

    What are you talking about. No one said they did. They did however make some of the cultural cues some are taking into their which in and of itself is not a bad thing. I think all of us need to be more tollerant to others adopting cultures that are not our own and have less of the “that’s white” “that’s black” attitude toward people who go into different behaviors that are not stereotypical to their ethnicity. But I digress.

    I think the same can be said about male and female identity.

  • Dee

    A black person invented the guitar. Robert F. Flemming, jr.

  • Dee

    A black person invented the cell phone. Just saying…

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    I flagged you.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Any culture is always assimilation of other cultures.

  • alyssa

    How how black American culture. You must think white people originated from america too. You did steal this land from native americans or did you miss this in history class.

  • alyssa

    I wounder if you would have the balls to say this in front of any black person. Hahahaha probably not. I love those who spit racism behind a computer but is secretly idolizing a black person at school or work because they are performing better than you.

  • FormerLamark

    What would America be like if you had not exterminated the Native American Indians?

    What would America be like if you loved Native American Indians who were robbed, closed into reserves as much as black people?

    How would American black people live if they still all were in Africa, for example in Sudan, Kenya, Etiopia or in the middle of Sahara, starving and in need, waiting for the aid from USA?

    American black culture is not equal to African black culture. All the American black culture come since they have been in America.

  • Davis

    But but culture vulture?