Nicole Arbour Responds To “This Is America” Critics, Says Parody Video Was “Misinterpreted”
Facing the vitriolic response to her tone-deaf “This Is America” parody video, Nicole Arbour reacts by saying that her flavorless effort was “misinterpreted”.
“The purpose of my rendition was to honour the spirit of the video which absolutely moved me,” Nicole Arbour wrote in her recently shared plea to those angered by her parody of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video. It seems that someone couldn’t take the strong reactions to her tone-deaf, ill-timed, devoid of any season or flavor-esque attempt at social commentary, and decided an explanation was needed.
Trust us, Nicole, no one was even considering inviting you to the cookout. You and #BBQBecky can go somewhere else with all that. In her “message” to those who she felt “misinterpreted” her intentions, Nicole Arbour does exactly in her letter what black-and-brown (hell, anyone with a real conscience) said she did in the video: attempt to co-opt black pain with her own agenda. Problem is she failed miserably, and now, knowing that she’s about to be put out to pasture by her own community who feels she missed the mark, Nicole’s supplication is an attempt to not get Logan Paul’d out of YouTube and the buying public’s good graces.
“It was a tongue-in-cheek way to give additional glory to what I believe is the most impactful piece of art in recent years,” she writes. Additional glory? Then why try to change the conversation wholly? What Nicole fails to realize is that her “video” looked and felt like a mockery, belittling what ‘Bino was placing a light on in the first place, trying to filter it through the white lens and make money off of it! Don’t think she’s not trying to do such a thing? “I firmly believe the best thing that can happen in America and North America right now is for everyone to create their own version of this video and show what life is like from their side.” It’s like Nicole is “All Lives Matter”-ing this black art and creativity. She could’ve been original in expressing her own thoughts on women’s experiences without having to parrot Gambino’s ideas and concepts.
It felt cheap as if here comes another white person to capitalize and take away from what the black community is trying to hip the rest of humanity onto. The true and real thing that everyone can do is not attempt to make their own “This Is America” tapestry-of-topics video. Not to say that you don’t have an agenda or a plight that should be looked at and explored, but no one should co-opt Childish Gambino’s art and expression just because it received 85.3 million YouTube views in only seven days. If you feel strongly about your issues—and this goes for Nicole Arbour as well—then come up with your own concepts and execute them originally.
It’s like what used to be the number one commandment when hip-hop and rap first started: Thou shalt not bite from the originator.
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— Nicole Arbour (@NicoleArbour) May 15, 2018