You better say it Wendy!
Talk show host Wendy Williams said what a lot of us were thinking when she broke down the misappropriating of black culture by certain white entertainers i.e. Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake. Two artists she pinpointed were Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake. She also went into a brief rundown of the history of white people "borrowing" from black people.
Here's a little snippet of what she had to say:
“Some say Miley tries to appropriate black culture and use black background dancers like props. Um, I would agree. I mean, it doesn’t bother me beause I’m just so used to it on account of the world around us.Watch the video view Wendy's full remarks. Her remarks start at the 3:00 minute mark.
White people, take this in the best way. Some of you have been appropriating my people’s culture longer than many of us have been alive. Why back in the day, there was Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Their styles were stolen and given to, say it with me, Elvis. Elvis is the one who went on and made all the money and became like the king of the world. The other two? Not as big. It happens. It happened with rap music, it’s happened when Justin Timberlake came out–I think black people gave Justin Timberlake a pass because Justin Timberlake wasn’t trying so hard. It was just the soulful way that he was. It wasn’t like an affectation of silliness. The thing is, when young white people do the “black thing,” these same young white people grow up to be middle aged white people, they take off the whole black accessory thing and they become white again. You understand what I’m saying? And I watch this happen, I grew up in a very mixed community, I watch my son now with his friends, and you know, white girls loving up little black Kev [laughs], and his white friends sagging lower than my son could ever sag and yo yo yo-ing and stuff. Yeah Miley, I see it. You can’t pick up black and put it down. Black is something that you are and it is. That’s all.”