“Don’t Be A Wigger In 2013″: Azealia Banks Calls Out The Trend Of White Girls Acting Ratchet, Miley Cyrus Responds With Shade

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July 9, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines
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Just when you thought Azealia Banks was having a change of heart on calling folks out, she up and makes things entertaining by saying something a lot of folks are thinking. What did she say? Why, let’s discuss:

While posting on Twitter about random thoughts she has (“Lol do you talk to yourselves sometime? like practice conversations you wanna have with people, or just straight up talk to urself.?”), the female MC decided to let the world know that there is a trend going on with young white women behaving “ratchet” for attention, and she doesn’t like it.

“no but seriously can this weird obsession white girls are having with being “ratchet” go away???..”

“… its actually rather embarrassing.”

“Don’t be a wigger in 2013.”

Seeing as the only white woman I could think of who is having any type of ratchet fun in public is Miley Cyrus, I assumed like many others that her statement was an indirect shot at the “We Can’t Stop” singer. Of course, Cyrus’ new style and new music (the lyrical content at least) has been something we here at MN have been giving the side-eye to recently, so when we saw Banks’ statement about such a “weird obsession” we could only make the “OKAY!?” face. Surprisingly, Cyrus responded to such an indirect shot with her own, shouting out Jay-Z lyrics and letting folks know that she’s winning whether they like it or not:

“Call it what you want. But I don’t see Mr. Carter shoutin any of you b***hes out. #twerkmileytwerk ✌”

“Exactly right. I am an old worlds worst nightmare. #outwiththeold #inwiththenewnew”

Interestingly enough, Jay-Z turned around and retweeted her statement as he took over Twitter yesterday to answer questions from fans and critics about his new album. He probably had no idea what Cyrus was talking about, but was glad for the lyrical plug after he shouted out Miley’s love for twerking in the new song, “Somewhere In America” for the Magna Carta Holy Grail album. As for a response from Banks, she claimed she wasn’t talking about anybody in particular (riiiiight) but if you’re ratchet and you know it, then that statement was for you:

“I wasn’t even talking about you….LMAO….. but if the shoe fits. :-\”

“LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOO.”

Young people these days… What do you make of all this?

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  • MuhammidSamir

    If white entertainers feel the need to continuously flout themselves and express themselves as our darkest name, and time, we need to correct them. The rappers make it seem like it’s a garden of insults, and if you hit the N word, you get the jackpot.

  • MuhammidSamir

    We’re having no fun with this. Black is black. Azalea is a white rapper. Wiggers mean nothing except people who are white and consider themselves partial to our suffering. Let them have it.

  • undergraduate

    One word sumz (sic) it up: D-U-H.

  • OnlyRationalOneHere

    Once again more horrible comments that don’t make any actual point. I read a lot of comments about how she needs to stop dressing like this, and there is no stereotypes for different races. If that were true then there would be no need for this article. By telling someone to stop dressing and acting a certain way because they aren’t a certain color is absurd. If she wants to dress like that and is comfortable dressing that way then who are you to tell her to stop. Most on this site seem to have some odd entitlement issue based off of a lot of the comments. Also I think it’s interesting that most of the comments could be translated to basically say “there is no way to be or dress black but Miley needs to dress more white”. Sounds stupid huh?

  • kickash

    i can kind of see where azealia banks is coming from, but she’s always starting twitter drama with anybody she can have it with and it’s getting annoying i don’t really care what she’s says about miley. yes miley has been showing “ratchet” behavior but that behavior doesn’t represent me as a black woman so whatever stuff miley wants to do doesn’t effect me and it doesn’t bother me.

  • Who Cares?

    Cultural appropriation (to me) is only a real issue when non-blacks exploit positive attributes. I don’t take ownership of “ratchetness” and don’t consider it a part of black culture. The way I see it, acting “ratchet” isn’t a good look on anybody so, if the Miley Cyruses and Amanda Bynes of the world wanna act a fool, let them.

    • therealguyfaux

      I mean, you DO know the word “ratchet” stems from the Ebonic pronunciation of the standard-English word “wretched,” right? (In the meaning of “of low character,” not “very unfortunate”– though there’s plenty of preachers and politicians out there who will tell you you’re going to be unfortunate if you’re of low character.) It’s one of those words your country grandma or great-grandma might have used lo these many decades ago: “I just came from the Smith house, you know, Martha and all her ‘ratchet’ little children and that ‘ratchet’ old husband she got…”

  • D.D

    It is simple all these white people wants the cool parts of being ethnic but none of the slack or bad that comes with it. They want to be black but don’t really want to be black.

  • Just saying!!

    She could’ve been talking about Amanda Bynes but anyway….all these damn fools need to go sit around somewhere. I’m so over the buffoonery. It doesn’t surprise me at all that Jay is cosigning smdh.

    • ..

      he wasn’t co-signing. Read the lyrics.

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  • Zettai

    Not appreciative of the awful singing going on in the side video. Please stop this. Isn’t it enough that we read the article? I am looking for a browser add on that will stop this since Ghostery does not seem to work with it anymore.

  • jason vorhees

    Does this woman even realize that using the term wigger/acting black is actually putting down her own people? What in the h*ll does “acting black” mean anyways? The sad part is our own people use act/talk black/white on such a regular basis.

    • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

      You know what “acting” black is and you know when a white person is trying to. Why do people live in these BS bubbles like there aren’t cultural crass stereotypes that other cultures assume when they are trying to be ‘down’ come on people let’s stop playing here.

      • jason vorhees

        (((sigh)))…you are kidding right. Look at every single situation the terms acting/speaking black comes up in. Its in regards to very negative and obnoxious activities and speaking with broken english. When you have EVER heard someone say to a black person who speaks proper english “you talk so black”? When have you EVER heard a person say to a very well mannered black person “you act so black”… never never ever ever ever. I will say a white person is acting ghetto…but never acting black. There in lies the difference to me.

        • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

          Let’s be clear here when someone of another culture “acts” like another culture they take on the cartoonish over the top stereotypes of that culture. That doesn’t make them untrue but it does make it offensive. Of course not all black women are big momma/Madea caricatures but most blacks do know some older black women who do act like them in some fashion. That’s what makes it funny and satirical. Are you following me?

          We all know Becky’s and Vanilla Ice’s who hung out with predominately black people and took on an almost comical and over the top persona of what they perceive to be black culture. No different than if I told you to act like you are someone from India. I guarantee you it would be as some spoof of Abu from the Simpsons.

          It is what it is. Why lie and say “there is no way to act black” of course there isn’t because there are 13 million ways to ‘act’ black but if I was Becky white girl wanting to be seen as ‘urban’ and ‘down’ and wanting to relate to hip hop and black culture I would probably take on the most extreme stereotypes in order to do so.

          • Truth0312

            Boom! Yes the term “Wigger” is ignorant and limited, but we ALL know or knew those kids growing up. That’s like a third of the White folks I went to high school with.

    • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

      You know what “acting” black is and you know when a white person is trying to. Why do people live in these BS bubbles like there aren’t cultural crass stereotypes that other cultures assume when they are trying to be ‘down’ come on people let’s stop playing here.

  • Kittenkatt

    ummmm yea I have no idea who Azealia Banks is … so I doubt miley was coming for her and this could possibly be a coincidence that people tried to bring together as scandal … or maybe she tried to act as tho miley was responding to her for attention since she is kinda a no name …. whatever for your fifteen minutes i guess *shrugs*

    • Ona2684

      Azealia Banks is a young female MC out of NYC. Her music is pretty good in my opinion. You should look her up.

  • YaY!

    I kind of agree with Azealia. Rachet twerk life to me has always been just a bad inside joke. I never thought too much of it other than to laugh or shake my head at the ridiculous YouTube videos people make in its inspiration. Like many other hip hop inspired terms and trends that hit mainstream, it has stop being funny for me, because as usual when “white people do it” it turns out to be a mainstream highlight and a mockery of all urban culture, instead of just the segment it represents. Miley is too desperate. Jay was shading the heck out of her in his song. Twerk is also not a coveted persona. The leading girls of twerk hardly show their faces in their videos.

  • writingmomma46

    I was reading this article and a kids song jumped in my head, “If you happy and you know it clap your hands” (clap, clap). But, it didn’t sound that way. I was thinking about Miley twerking on video and the song went like this, “If you rachet and you know it clap your butt (twerk, twerk). If your rachet and you know it, then your life will really show it. If your rachet and you know it clap your butt (twerk, twerk).” Lmbo!!!

    • Ona2684

      I literally thought of the same song! More or less lol! Great minds I suppose ;)

  • JB

    WHAT THE HELL IS ACTING BLACK?? Are we really still saying these kind of blanket statements in 2013? This is how ppl feed into the stereotypes

  • dddooonnnttt

    Meanwhile, her boyfriend……

  • bluekissess

    Everybody hates us but in the same breath wants to be like us. So, she wants to be black to sell records ? Lol

    • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

      Exactly. Which is what Azealia was alluding to. Turning ‘urban’ to get A-1 black producer/artists to write you songs/produce your tracks so you can get hits. This coming from the chick who 3 years ago had no ideal who in the h*ll JayZ was. Yeah she uber suspect. But America likes a great white hype and they’ve been over due for one. . . . .

  • Shawn Levy

    She has no reason to talk all that AZ does is mess around with White boys so if she want’s to act white then let that other girl act black tired of these trifling artists disrespecting US with their bullshit she is a sellout and nobody cares what she has to say…..

  • Child_Puhleez

    All 3 of these idiots need to have a _/.

    • Suchalady

      All damn three!

  • http://goo.gl/uiHaH Manolo

    And who exactly is this Azealia Banks person?

    • YeahGoFuckyourself

      Singer. She’s a singer. Way to demonstrate your love for miley cyrus by looking too ignorant to google.
      Miley Cyrus needs to get over herself.

  • Talullah

    So it’s okay for black people to be ratchet and ridiculous but when other races do it, it’s a problem. RIDICULOUS.

    • Truth0312

      I think you need to change your definition of what constitutes ratchet. I like Azealia’s wordplay, but the drama is just OD. She’s young and reckless with her mouth. I think she’s annoyed at White appropriation of certain Black cultural norms in general. …and that’s okay. I have no problem with White people enjoying Black culture: music, dance, fashion, and all of our artistic expressions. I grew up with a couple of White folks who were reared in the hood, so I get that it’s not always disingenuous. The problem comes in when some White folks don’t know how to appreciate aspects of our culture without it coming off as exploiting it or perpetuating negative stereotypes surrounding it. Yes, I realize that some Black folks do this, as well. There is a double standard, but given the history of our country; I can’t in all honesty say it’s an unfair one.

  • http://twitter.com/@Mz_Undrstd Miss_Understood

    LOL Jay threw the real shade here!

  • Clarke

    The term “Wigger” is nothing but a brutal deception, in my personal opinion, and the byword, itself, needs to be eradicated.

    Now, I know that “Ratchet” is a phrase that stems from African-American, Ebonics/Vernacular and is something that, generally, applies to those who act/portray themselves as ‘Ghetto/Hood’, however, in this particular instance, the problem that I have is why Azealia is amplifying the crass generalisation that “Acting Ratchet” is, somehow, something that is only limited to Black people?

    What I call the “Wigger Fallacy” is the idea that being ‘Black in the U.S.A’ is a matter of culture; how one chooses to talk, act, think and dress. It is the mistake that “Wiggers” make – who are white but try to act black.

    It is a fallacy because what makes you Black is, absolutely, nothing like that at all. It is how white people act towards you because of how you look and the ‘Black stereotypes’ that the ‘mainstream media’ perpetuates.

    Nevertheless, retrospectively, I cannot blame Miley for assuming that she has to carry herself in such an uncultivated manner in order to be seen as ‘real’ and be accepted by the urban community because that is the deception that Western society has bred and some Black people do nothing but augment that savage notion.

    ‘Black culture’ is a side effect of being Black – it is NOT the cause of what makes one Black.

  • Clarke

    The term “Wigger” is nothing but a brutal deception, in my personal opinion, and the byword, itself, needs to be eradicated.

    Now, I know that “Ratchet” is a phrase that stems from African-American, Ebonics/Vernacular and is something that, generally, applies to those who act/portray themselves as ‘Ghetto/Hood’, however, in this particular instance, the problem that I have is why Azealia is amplifying the crass generalisation that “Acting Ratchet” is, somehow, something that is only limited to Black people?

    What I call the “Wigger Fallacy” is the idea that being ‘Black in the U.S.A’ is a matter of culture; how one chooses to talk, act, think and dress. It is the mistake that “Wiggers” make – who are white but try to act black.

    It is a fallacy because what makes you Black is, absolutely, nothing like that at all. It is how white people act towards you because of how you look and the ‘Black stereotypes’ that the ‘mainstream media’ perpetuates.

    Nevertheless, retrospectively, I cannot blame Miley for assuming that she has to carry herself in such an uncultivated manner in order to be seen as ‘real’ and be accepted by the urban community because that is the deception that Western society has bred and some Black people do nothing but augment that savage notion.

    ‘Black culture’ is a side effect of being Black – it is NOT the cause of what makes one Black.

    • Daisy

      I agree completely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Galaxy

      Are you the same 19 y/o who wrote ‘spilt the ultimate truth tea’ on the other thread yesterday @a779ec8fbf78eec698d6031638544eb6:disqus?

      If so, damn, you are one wise boy. Preach Bro!!!

    • truthandall

      Nah, it’s an accurate word to describe white people who are acting like nlgger out of choice not circumstance.

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