Charli D’Amelio, a TikTok sensation, is facing controversy for utilising African American vernacular English (AAVE). The 18-year-old recently used a phrase that has since been labelled as cultural appropriation on her Instagram stories. Since then, social media users have been ridiculing the influencer, while others have slammed detractors for exaggerating her behaviour.
Charli D’Amelio recently used her social media channel to share two photos with AAVE. In one of them, the social media celebrity was turning off the camera. “Me af as f**k,” she wrote in the image. She shared a photo of herself with fellow social media star Avani in her next Instagram story. Face masks and headphones were visible on each of them. “On a flight af as f**k,” she commented in the photo. She tagged the TikToker as well.
Netizens were dismayed to see the adolescent write the statement, which is frequently used by Black social media users. Despite the fact that certain AAVE phrases are frequently used in internet memes, many claim that using the expressions by Caucasian internet users is insulting.
What exactly is AAVE? Charli D’Amelio was chastised for using a dialect commonly utilised by African-Americans.
The Oakland Unified School District passed a resolution in December 1996 to create “Ebonics,” a language distinct from English. This was done in order to suit the demands of the district’s African American students, whom teachers were correcting for speaking in an incomprehensible manner. Ebonics is also known as African American Vernacular English nowadays (AAVE).
Charli D’Amelio has been chastised for using the phrase “af as f**k,” which the creator believes is inauthentic. She’s also been chastised for adopting a Black character in order to gain attention online. Though the youngster did not say the term out loud, she would have to put on a “blaccent” (a culturally insensitive attempt to emulate the way Black people speak).
Despite being Caucasian, numerous creators have attempted to copy black culture online. Since then, it’s been dubbed “digital blackface.” The phrase “digital blaccent” has also become popular, referring to Caucasians who use social media to adopt Black personas.
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This isn’t the first time Charli D’Amelio has faced criticism from Black artists. She’s been chastised for stealing Black TikTokers’ TikTok dances without giving them credit. The fact that she became an internet celebrity as a result of the dancing choreographies outraged netizens.