back to top

People Are Accusing Honey G From “X Factor” Of Mocking Black Culture

She told The Sun that allegations of racism are "ridiculous".

Posted on

The Sun also tracked down a friend of Gilford's, who said Honey G is completely fictitious persona:

“She’s very smart – it’s like she’s had a complete personality transplant… Anna is nothing like this character…”

Stephanie goes on to reveal Anna has even ditched her posh accent as part of the Honey G makeover.

She added: “She is actually really well spoken. She’s from a really decent background – she didn’t speak like that before…”

And The Mirror called Honey G a "national craze", sharing photos of mums throughout the UK donning her signature flat-brimmed hat and sunglasses look as a way of imitating the rapper.

She's currently made it through two weeks of live shows. This week's theme was Motown. Gilford performed a version of Biggie Smalls' "Mo Money Mo Problems", but replaced all of Smalls' lyrics with her own.

Pop group and former X Factor contestants Little Mix were asked about Honey G on KISS FM recently. They called Gilford an "actress" and said that while they appreciated entertainment value, they also appreciated "real talent".

Aside from accusations of rigged voting and favouritism, though, more and more people are now saying Gilford's Honey G character looks like a racist parody.

And people have also said it's a blatant example of cultural appropriation. Honey G, in interviews between performances, speaks in a clearly affected accent, ending her sentences with phrases like "brap brap".

Okolosie wrote:

Honey G’s tinfoil gold tracksuit, shades and florid hand gestures betray what the whole act is about: a caricature of blackness as stupid and illicit. If it is not how Gilford herself intended it, it’s certainly the subtext of her affectations.

Gilford over the weekend told the Daily Star that any such accusations were ridiculous and false. "I’ve been heavily influenced by rap and hip-hop culture and involved in it for a number of years," she said.

BuzzFeed News has contacted ITV for comment.

You can watch her full performance from Saturday below.

View this video on YouTube

youtube.com

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ryan Broderick at ryan@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.