Meet Anna. She's 23. She's hot. She's white. And she lip-syncs the N-word in breakout Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky's video “Purple Swag.”
But this hasn't caused widespread condemnation. In fact, it only seems to have added to her appeal. (Maybe it's the lip gloss and gold grills.) In a recent interview with HipHopDX, A$AP Rocky gives his take on the issue: “She does use the [word “nigga”] all the time — you know, she's cool like that. She smokes. She drinks. She's cool…she's sexy. She's cute.” The reporter fawns over her as well.
These sentiments are echoed throughout the video's YouTube comments section. “Probably the baddest white girl I've ever seen” says someone called 99wylie. “The white girl is dope,” adds Biitchimballin93.
If all this sounds a bit strange, that might be because another white female on the rap scene has been taking hella guff for using the N-word. We speak, of course, of V-Nasty Kreayshawn's much-discussed crewmate whom we profiled recently.
The blogosphere has given V-Nasty near constant flack for dropping N-bombs. The condemnations she has received have been strongly worded, and they aren't just from music writers and critics; Yelawolf says he would slap V-Nasty if she used the word around him.
So what's with the double standard?
Well, one factor is that Anna isn't actually saying the N-word, merely lip-syncing the lyrics of A$AP Rocky, who is black. (By the way, Rocky only revealed her first name in the DX interview, if anyone knows her full moniker please let us know in the comments section.)
V Nasty, on the other hand, uses it very clearly and very often. Though she says she plans to stop doing so in her music, she's adamant about continuing to use it when she speaks with her friends.
Anna, on the other hand, doesn't have V-Nasty's wide exposure, nor her edgy persona. She comes across as a relaxed girl doing karaoke, not a provocative personality like V-Nasty. In some ways, it's possible that the latter's use of the N-word simply gives folks who aren't down with a spitfire white female rapper an excuse to rag on her.
But at the end of the day, the most obvious answer is probably the most likely. The reason Anna probably gets away with saying the N-word is because she's hot. Not that we're saying V-Nasty is unattractive — she has her moments — but Anna clearly looks a lot cuter saying it. But does that make it okay?