People are accusing Ariana Grande of putting on a "blaccent"
6 December 2018, 11:40 | Updated: 6 December 2018, 12:42
According to Urban Dictionary, "a blaccent is a distinctive manner of speech, pitch or tone particular to African American urban inner city youth".
Ariana Grande's accent has been put under the spotlight after a video circulated of her supposedly speaking with a "blaccent".
Ari was named Billboard's 'Woman Of The Year' after dropping her masterpiece of a video, "thank u, next" and as part of her interview with the magazine, she took a look back at her adorable baby pics, sharing advice to her younger self.
"I'm like bitch that's my cookie," she said, holding up one photo. "That's my juice, okay. Carry on. Thank you, next. That's what this baby picture says." People soon noticed that Ari sounded a little different than usual and had particularly emphasised her pronunciation of the word "juice".
Someone then posted a comparison between the way Ariana used to speak, compared to her accent now.
ARIANA GRANDE AND THIS BLACCENT 😩 pic.twitter.com/HGlF2qXbJD— MESSY CARDI ⚪️ (@MESSYCARDIB) December 6, 2018
People thought she was deliberately trying to sound like a Black woman – some even compared it to "blackfishing".
Watch this heaux come out as transracial 😏— PrettyPettiiii (@PrettyPettiiii) December 6, 2018
why is she talking like that ?— Mloke (@mloke611) December 5, 2018
yea that's what we saying her voice goes from normal to trying to imitate a black woman....— studmuffin96 (@_OLVIDAR_) December 6, 2018
y’all ended iggy azalea because of her blaccent but are silent about ariana grande now pic.twitter.com/PW9k9wW84s— bradley (@FAMEFAGS) December 6, 2018
i feel like if it was anyone else they would’ve been called out by now— santa❄️🎄 (@stilettoheeI) December 6, 2018
Why is she trying to sound like Beyoncé— ♡ 🧸Coconut titty milk💖 ♡ (@__711___) December 6, 2018
Nonetheless, others defended Ari and insisted she had always spoken like that.
y’all really grasping for straws trying to make her look bad. oh well. https://t.co/IXePZmX18O— # (@goodeveningngo) December 6, 2018
How do you speak like a certain Skin color? Your reach is really far lmao— 🎋Bradley🎋 (@Bradley_L_H) December 6, 2018
Ya’ll really trying to say Ariana Grande is trying to be black and have a blaccent? Are ya’ll dumb what the fuck is a blaccent? Ya’ll just making shit up to be fake woke at this point. Just learned who she is now ya’ll on her ass making shit up. Say goodnight and go sweetie.— jessica ♌️ (@Jessanothaday_) December 6, 2018
Because of the way she said juice??? 😕. Y’all bitchesbe knit picking i swear. Leave her alone damn. pic.twitter.com/9DhQyfsT73— Roman (@Romansapprentic) December 6, 2018
she’s been talking that.. it’s her normal voice pic.twitter.com/NIzBUOOli8— ً (@missedboca) December 6, 2018
This hasn't been the first time people have accused Ari of milking the culture. Ariana – who is of Italian descent – has been accused of blackface before because of her love of a deep tan, most recently in her Breathin' video.