‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl, Danielle Bregoli, Says Cultural Appropriation Is ‘Ridiculous’
If you thought the contrived accent, braided hairstyle or any other affectation made Danielle Bregoli, also infamously known as "Cash Me Outside" girl, guilty of cultural appropriation, she saying you should reconsider the charge.
The 14-year-old rapper, who's now signed to Atlantic as Bhad Bhabie, told The Fader that she's done defending herself against critics who say she uses totems of black culture for personal gain.
Bregoli first debuted her now-viral persona on a February episode of Dr. Phil, during which she barked at jeering audience members: "Cash me outside, how bow dah?"
“I look at that cultural appropriation s--- and I just ignore it because it’s ridiculous, it really is,” she said in the video interview. “You cannot act a color. Do not tell me I’m acting black because I’m not.”
Bregoli noted she's been fielding critiques ever since landing in the public eye, but insisted that her personality is ultimately a composite of her sincere self.
“I’m acting ‘urban,’ or whatever you want to call it,” she said. “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. One race does something more than another race.”
"If someone wants to do something, they need to do it; as long as they're happy with it, I think you should do it," she added. "Do what you're happy with."
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