‘Out of All of the Awards’: Awkwafina Slammed After Being Nominated for NAACP Image Award_freckle removal video

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Asian-Amerian actress Awkwafina made headlines last year after critics blasted the “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star for having a history of appropriating Black culture and using “blaccent” but being vocal about her refusal to use an Asian accent while onscreen. The Marvel star is now facing backlash after being nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

The annual ceremony presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which honors Black talent in Hollywood for their outstanding performances in film, television, theatre, music and literature, gave the 33-year-old the nomination for “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance” in a motion picture for her role in Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: Awkwafina attends the 2021 AFI Fest – Official Screening of Magnolia Pictures’ “Swan Song” at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 12, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: Awkwafina attends the 2021 AFI Fest – Official Screening of Magnolia Pictures’ “Swan Song” at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 12, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

The NAACP does not exclusively nominate Black entertainers. However, folks on social media immediately voiced their displeasure with the decision, including one baffled Twitter user who wrote, “Out of all of the awards, I would think the NAACP Image Awards would be the last one to nominate someone like Awkwafina, who thinks it is ok to make a minstrel out of Black people for a living. Yikes.”

Out of all of the awards, I would think the NAACP Image Awards would be the last one to nominate someone like Awkwafina, who thinks it is ok to make a minstrel out of Black people for a living. Yikes. https://t.co/7THr0VNhUG

— 𝐵𝑒𝒸𝒸𝒶 (@MJFINESSELOVER) January 19, 2022

Another person commented, “NAACP and Awkwafina should not be in the same sentence.

“Yes she is a ‘colored person,’ but the NAACP really just going to ignore Awkwafina’s use of a blaccent for jokes in a minstrel like fashion?” questioned a third person. “She has yet to explain why she used it and why she suddenly stopped. We all know she only stopped because she started getting bigger roles.”

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