The "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" star Awkwafina is facing criticism online after a scene from one of her past films, "Ocean's 8," went viral.

As she is promoting her new Marvel movie along with Simu Liu, Nora Lum, Awkwafina's real name, received numerous backlash after her previous usage of "blaccent," as reported by this article, in her music and film roles.

A Twitter user recently shared a clip online from the 2018 film "Ocean's Eight," where the actress starred as Constance in the show. The scene featured Awkwafina's character running a scam on a street corner, shuffling a card, and a client follows her to earn money.

Awkwafina On Past Interview

Just as the video went viral, Twitter users found the actress disturbing after putting on a "Blaccent," a blend of black and accent, as well as using AAVE in general.

 Awkwafina was also called as a hypocrite as she previously claimed that she refused to use an Asian accent on screen in an interview with VICE. 

In 2017, the "Raya and the Last Dragon" star opened up about cultural appropriation and her position on using accents in roles. "I refuse to do accents, I'm not OK with someone writing the Asian experience for an Asian character," she said in the interview.

She even concluded the interview by saying, "I make it very clear, I don't ever go out for auditions where I feel like I'm making a minstrel out of our people."

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Twitter Reacts On Awkwafina's Viral Video

According to this article, Awkwafina's notorious "blaccent" also appeared in Crazy Rich Asians and Jumanji, which also raised a few eyebrows from the public. Numerous users online have already started their hashtag, "#awkwafinaisoverparty," where they made points regarding Awkwafina and her issue from a viral video and past controversies.


 Along with being accused of hypocrisy, others also criticized Awkwafina for using "minstrel" in a different context. One user stated a good point about how Awkwafina hijacked the term when Asian culture never had minstrel shows.

As explained by definition, minstrel shows were performed by white actors in Blackface who comedically perpetuated racist stereotypes.

After the issue reached online, Twitter users shared their knowledge regarding the term and clarified everyone.

As of the moment, Awkwafina has not yet responded to the issue.

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