Bhad Bhabie defends her new look after being accused of "blackfishing"
7 April 2020, 12:23
Bhad Bhabie, born Danielle Bregoli, received criticism after sporting a new look on Instagram.
Bhad Bhabie is being accused of "blackfishing" after sharing a collection of videos on Instagram where her skin tone looks significantly darker. Blackfishing can be described as when a person (usually white) tries to make themselves appear black. A number of influencers were called out for pretending to be mixed race last year and some even equate it to modern-day blackface.
The 17-year-old rapper shared a number of videos of herself on Monday (Apr 6), wearing a long, dark wig. Bhad Bhabie also sported a deeper complexion than she has previously.
Of course, Bhad Bhabie's transformation didn't go unnoticed.
the fuck you mean this is bhad bhabie....she is a white woman. i told her ass to act white and i got d3ath threats from her ugly ass minions. people need to realize how weird this bitch is. pic.twitter.com/vnf3qdanBa— asia⁷ misses jk ☆ (@je0nluvrr) April 6, 2020
What in the blackfish is Bhad Bhabie doing??? pic.twitter.com/LBedvE9JD0— Cookie Kawaii Stan Account (@ebonymystique) April 6, 2020
Kim Kardashian when she sees Bhad Bhabie blackfishing pic.twitter.com/2ZJjdM22Ub— Jimmy (@jimmy_koski) April 6, 2020
That little girl from Dr. Phil transformed herself to a black girl. I have NO words 😐 pic.twitter.com/SLtatcsSxg— Zoey (@zoeyy227) April 6, 2020
Y’all gave Bhad Bhabie clout and let her think she’s welcome 🤷🏽♂️ I blame y’all. Should’ve left her on Dr.Phill— JayDaOtter 🦦 (@RikoDaGod) April 6, 2020
Y’all are the people that made Bhad Bhabie a thing so ion wanna hear nothing y’all got to say... pic.twitter.com/wSetY2ZqM9— The Right One (@DreamOfTy_) April 6, 2020
y'all let bhad bhabie get famous by ripping off black culture and now she look like lil mama pic.twitter.com/Lvmjyx7doX— ☆twilight☆ (@HW4S3ONG) April 6, 2020
Not bhad bhabie Turning herself into a black woman- pic.twitter.com/YsKSw9LXsJ— ☆||fan account (@Newbodyyy) April 6, 2020
How TF Bhad Bhabie go from a white teenager to a grown black woman? pic.twitter.com/n4TEOkxVQU— micah ❤️ (@MiKah_Gee) April 6, 2020
Bhad Bhabie has now addressed the backlash and shared screenshots of fans defending her transformation on Instagram Stories as well as a personal message, after noticing her name was trending on Twitter.
She wrote: "Millions of people sick, thousands dying every day and y'all worried about me getting my makeup done for a photoshoot? I'm usually the wild one but y'all need to chill and focus on what's important right now."
This isn't the first time Bhad Bhabie has been accused of blackfishing and cultural appropriation, though. Bhad Bhabie has been pulled up on wearing box braids in the past – but she has never apologised for it.
In December last year, in response to backlash over her hairstyle choices, she said: "To all the black females that are saying my hair ain't meant for box Braids guess the fuck what y'all hair ain’t meant to be straight but y’all glue whole wigs on to your heads and sew Brazilian/Indian/Peruvian hair which is anything like your natural hair texture at all and I don't say a god damn thing neither do the other cultures that you get the hair from."