Bella Poarch claps back at trolls who shamed her for acting "cute" on TikTok
13 October 2020, 11:58 | Updated: 3 November 2020, 10:59
Bella said that acting cute was a "natural thing" for Asian people.
Bella Poarch has clapped back at trolls that have criticised her for acting cute on TikTok.
The TikTok star is known for her viral lip-syncing videos, with her lip-sync to Millie B's 'M to the B' in August becoming the most-liked video on the platform. A lot of Bella's videos are a similar format, showing her making facial expressions and dancing to hit songs with her stuffed toys.
However, Bella has received a lot of backlash for her videos, with some calling her aesthetic "cringeworthy". Others have accused her of trying to act like a child to attract men.
There's a wider conversation about gamers and cosplayers who act as "pedo bait", deliberately trying to act underage yet sexy to attract a particular type of man. Instagram model Belle Delphine, who Bella is often compared to, has been called out for it in the past.
On Monday (Oct 12), Bella hit back at the hate she received on Twitter. She tweeted: "Why is it not allowed to act cute? It’s a natural thing to most Asians. But people seem to hate me for it. I'm Filipino and in the Philippines, we love Ulzzang and kawaii culture. I grew up with it so why can’t I just be myself?"
Why is it not allowed to act cute? It’s a natural thing to most Asians. But people seem to hate me for it🙁 I’m Filipino and in the Philippines, we love Ulzzang and kawaii culture. I grew up with it so why can’t I just be myself?— Bella Poarch (@bellapoarch) October 12, 2020
Kawaii is the culture of cuteness in Japan and it is "associated with a pop-culture aesthetic of such things as cuddly animals and pink hearts", Dictionary.com says.
Bella's tweet ignited debate about her whole aesthetic beneath her post.
I literally saw some girl accuse you of sexualizing kids when all you did was STAND in front of the camera 🧍🏽— :( (@REGALCELESTIA) October 12, 2020
they're saying its "pedo bait" but then shouldn't we ban cosplayers since they also sometimes potray cute underage characters? and should naturally cute people be forced to change because they would be considered pedo bait? they just don't like you :(— ⟭⟬ ☻Aleksandra⁷ ᴬᴰ² ⟬⟭ (@yoongiscupid) October 12, 2020
Don't be ashame for being yourself. That's what makes you a unique person. 🙏— TomWk (@TomWkMusic) October 12, 2020
Unfortunately, social medias are full of haters. Whatever you do, especially when you're getting notoriety, they're coming...
It's not because of you. It's just that they exist. 🤷♂️
they hatin cos the can't accept the fact you're getting famous for being/acting cute. there are more people that likes yoi stuff so don't worry bout it. we got yo back.— Jonas Noceda 🐯🇵🇭 (@JonasBebang) October 12, 2020