We all remember our friend Bhad Bhabie, who became famous on Dr. Phil in 2016 for her viral phrase "cash me ousside, how bou' 'dat?"
That was a collective sigh for American pop culture, but as time has gone on, Bhabie has become more problematic.
Here's Bhabie at just 13 years old:
The Original "Cash Me Outside How Bout Dah" Video (Full Episode) www.youtube.com
Danielle Bregoli, aka Bhad Bhabie, managed to parlay her obnoxious behavior into a musical career.
Bhabie has found some success as a rapper, with songs like "Gucci Flip Flops."
BHAD BHABIE feat. Lil Yachty - "Gucci Flip Flops" (Official Music Video) | Danielle Bregoli www.youtube.com
But as time has gone on, her image has gotten darker.
And no, we don't mean her material has gotten tonally darker.
We mean Bhabie herself has gotten literally darker.
When she unveiled her hair in braids, folks started noticing that Bhabie appeared to be "Blackfishing."
In an Instagram video circa 2019, Bhabie let slip some rather racist rhetoric:
"To all the Black females that are saying my hair [ain't] meant for box Braids, guess the f*** what, y'all hair [ain't] meant to be straight but y'all glue whole wigs on to your heads and sew Brazilian/Indian/Peruvian hair which [isn't anything] like your natural hair texture at all."
The Kardashians and Ariana Grande have both been accused of "Blackfishing" in the past, meaning it is an unfortunate trend amongst celebrity culture.
While these women want to look the part, they'll never face the discrimination and bias that comes with the look they're copying.
The book Everything You Need to Know about Cultural Appropriation is available here.
"Cultural appropriation is a form of identity theft. It happens when someone adopts another culture's identifiable, tangible elements without honoring their cultural importance or significance."