Olivia Rodrigo accused of using a "blaccent" and AAVE in resurfaced Instagram Live

30 July 2021, 12:20

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

According to Urban Dictionary, a blaccent is a "distinctive manner of speech, pitch or tone particular to African American urban inner city youth".

Olivia Rodrigo is being accused of using a "blaccent" and African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in a series of unearthed Instagram Live videos.

On Wednesday (July 28), a video of the 'Deja Vu' and 'Good 4 U' singer having a conversation with her fans was shared on social media. In the clip, which is a compilation of multiple Instagram Live videos, Olivia says phrases like "I be trending" and "emotional AF" as well as "y'all". All of these phrases are considered to be AAVE.

The clips are thought to have been from January 2021, around the release of her debut single 'Drivers License'. Olivia's outfit and her background on her Instagram Live match a grid post shared on January 8.

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Olivia Rodrigo accused of using a "blaccent" and AAVE
Olivia Rodrigo accused of using a "blaccent" and AAVE. Picture: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, @oliviarodrigo via Instagram

As well as the video, a viral Twitter thread shared some of Olivia's tweets from 2020 and 2021 where she uses AAVE terms like "homegirl" and "crine".

Olivia has now received backlash for using the terms because they're currently trendy, while Black people are discriminated against and penalised for using slang words. People have also mentioned how other musical artists like Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande have been criticised for using a blaccent and appropriating Black culture in the past.

"Olivia rodrigo constantly uses AAVE and it is pissing me off. the blaccent…," one comment read. Another added: "Billie used aave and blaccent when she was like 16/17 and she got so much shit for it but olivia rodrigo is doing the same thing at 18 years old and everyone is letting it pass… weird."

However, others have defended Olivia and insisted that the terms she used are often said on social media, particularly on TikTok, and it's possible she didn't know the origins of the words she had used.

Olivia is yet to address the backlash but we'll update you if she does.