Awkwafina NAACP


Awkwafina nomination for NAACP Image Award sparks renewed backlash

  • Actor and comedian Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, has received an NAACP Image Award nomination for her work in Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

  • The “Shang-Chi” and “Crazy Rich Asians” actor received backlash for the nomination, with critics pointing out past controversy surrounding her alleged use of African American Vernacular English to further her career in Hollywood.

Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, has received online backlash after receiving a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award nomination.

Social media users called out the 33-year-old actor and comedian after she was nominated in the Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance category for her work in Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon,” according to Blavity.

The “Shang-Chi” and “Crazy Rich Asians” actor has been accused in the past of using African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in her onscreen roles and for misappropriating Black culture. Some users have also alleged that she continues to use a “blaccent” (Black accent) in her onscreen roles despite claiming in a past interview that she refuses to do accents, especially Asian ones.

Other users have called out the NAACP, a civil rights organization with “honoring and spotlighting Black achievements and change makers within the community,” for nominating Awkwafina, Now This News reported.

Awkwafina attempted to address the accusation that she was putting on a “blaccent” to advance her career in Hollywood during an interview last September after “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings” was released, Reuters reported.

I’m open to the conversation. I think it really is something that is a little bit… multi-faceted and layered,” Awkwafina said.

The comedian was also at the center of controversy in August 2018 when some accused her of misappropriating Black culture due to her portrayal of character Goh Peik Lin in the film “Crazy Rich Asians,” NextShark previously reported.

Featured Image via Vogue

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

Support NextShark

Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal