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Self-proclaimed comedian and Canadian white feminist, Nicole Arbour, has already been known for many problematic statements in the past. Over the years of her career, she has won herself a reputation of putting others down, making an unfunny joke out of it, and then putting out a brief, careless statement that's far from an apology; in fact, it's more defensive than anything.
Her newest headache-inducing dilemma is called "This is America: Women's Edit" which is supposed to be a parody of Childish Gambino's masterpiece, "This is America." Her music video and song has a "Look at me!" vibe and has been called "the 'all lives matter' of songs." If you can bear through three minutes of this hot mess, you'll see why.
While the original presentation focused on the black struggle in America, Arbour claims that her song and video promote a women's perspective on Gambino's piece. Her lyrics state classic, white feminist statements, such as, "We just wanna smile / get a mammy home." To make matters worse, just as she sings this in the video, a black woman holding a baby in her arms gets dragged off-screen by two men. Isn't feminism supposed to be about equality?
Arbour easily and even giddily paints over the struggle of black Americans. Her parody is nothing more than a desperate call for attention to her own petty problems, as if being a white woman is the most difficult thing to be in America. Her so-called struggles are nonexistent compared to being a person of color in the United States.
Childish Gambino artistically portrayed and perfectly captured everything wrong with America today—from the all too familiar mass shootings, to the issue of police brutality, and even hinting at Jim Crow in some dance moves. Gambino's visual is brave enough to call out hip-hop itself and mainstream music/pop culture for attempting to cover up the chaos going on around us. His piece has layers upon layers within them, each one going deeper and hitting harder than the last. Somehow, Nicole Arbour has managed to completely dismantle the true meaning behind the story Gambino tells with her own disgusting, self-seeking, and cringe-worthy piece.
Of course, she has shown her ignorance towards people of color in the past with her 2015 YouTube video, Dear Black People. In this video, she makes racist and ignorant comments and even includes her black friend laughing at her jokes in the video as if to say, "I can't be racist! I have black friends!" As far as sources say, she has never apologized for this incident either.
After her latest video release, she was put under fire on social media, specifically Twitter (as she should). Instead of apologizing, Arbour made a post defending herself and her actions. "I understand why some people are wrongly portraying this as white vs black," she wrote. "However, this was not the intent or theme at all. We had a very diverse cast and creative team working on project from start to finish, who signed on to honour the original while adding more truth from another perspective." Funny how there was an entire crew helping her out, and yet no one bothered to point out just how ignorant her video would be.
Nicole Arbour has been cancelled time and time again for her tasteless attempts at comedy and yet still, like a child who refuses to learn her listen, she insists on creating more gentrified and offensive content. While Gambino's art piece has been a cry for equality and change, a movement for all the people, Arbour's garbage work is selfish and attention-seeking, AKA the type of song you'd hear at a white feminist rally. In times like these, another appropriated song is the last thing that we need.