Bhad Bhabie has fired back at critics claiming she darkened her skin for a photoshoot.
The 17-year-old, real name Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli, recently uploaded two videos on Instagram which showed her wearing a black bralet with her long black locks straightened.
However, it was the colour of the Bestie hitmaker’s skin which caused concern among her 17 million followers, with many accusing the white rapper of darkening her skin purposefully.
“It’s pathetic when you can’t rock your own skin,” one person commented, while another wrote: “Ma’am… please act your race.”
“Okay this is blackfishing now for sure,” a third stated in the comments on the video, referencing a term used when describing the use of make-up to appear black.
The rising star later took to her Instagram Stories to reject the claims, and called out her critics for focusing on her make-up and not the coronavirus pandemic.
“Millions of people sick, thousands dying every day and y’all worried about me getting my make-up done for a photoshoot? I’m usually the wild one but y’all need to chill and focus on what’s important right now,” Bhabie fired.
It’s not the first time the rapper has faced accusations of cultural appropriation.
Back in 2017, she told Fader magazine that she wasn’t “acting black”, and was allowed to braid her hair without facing backlash.
“Do not tell me I’m acting black because I’m not. I’m acting urban, or whatever you want to call it. I don’t even have a name for it, I call it, ‘me.’ How I act is me. I get braids all the time, you can’t tell me I’m acting black because I braid my hair. That makes no sense whatsoever,” she insisted.
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