- A Nigerian model identified as @Dimssoo has taken to social media to criticize American singer, Beyonce
- According to @Dimssoo, Beyonce is contributing to the flawed ideologies concerning how Africa is seen by the world
- She accused Beyonce of cultural appropriation, stating that Africa is not a prop
While many music lovers have hailed Beyonce following the trailer release of her upcoming Disney movie, a Nigerian model identified as @Dimssoo on Twitter, is not one of them.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Dimssoo accused the singer of cultural appropriation and also stated that the Flawless singer is contributing to the problematic ideologies of how Africa is viewed.
Dimssoo said it is misrepresentations like these that make African Americans and other people ponder if Africa has WiFi. She also accused Beyonce of tapping into the wealth of the African culture for her art but never adding African countries to her tours.
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Read her post: "Beyoncé including African culture in her music but never adding Africa to her tours. Same Beyonce Making a whole movie based off Africa and its culture that’s not available in Africa. I want to add that I’m not saying she has to come to Nigeria or what not. I’m saying she’s contributing to the problematic ideologies of how ‘Africa’ is viewed to line her own pockets. And Africa isn’t even a country. She’s mostly taking from Yoruba culture.
So if you’re gonna speak on something, come correct. Africa is not some prop, you can’t come and pull from our culture from when it’s convenient. That’s appropriation. And not everytime ‘we were kings’ pls some of us were palm wine tappers. We don’t wake up in the morning and tie our wrapper and put chalk on our face and scream ‘WAKANDA’ then go and hunt lions. We wake up and open twitter like the rest of the world. Pls stop pushing this old narrative."
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According to her, it is the same black Americans who go about asking if there is Wifi in Africa ad if the people live in huts.
She noted that she is not disputing the fact that Beyonce has done a lot of good, but she’s a human being who is not above mistake and is therefore not above critique.
TShe has so tapped into that African queen mother thing that you people think everything she does is right. Lmao this not true.
The way you people are so reverent of this Beyoncé that’s a human being like everyone else. Can’t even critique her without adding ‘I love Beyoncé but’ or ‘that’s the queen, BUT’ like pleaseee lmfao spit it out nobody will beat you. You’re not saying anything wrong."
Meanwhile, Nigerian singer Niniola has taken to her social media page to share a hilarious photo of herself in a Nigerian-made Beyonce-inspired outfit. The singer seemed to have become the latest person to fall prey to bad Nigerian designers.
In the photo she shared on her page on the popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter, the singer was seen in the outfit made by her designer. Her photo was collaged with that of American singer Beyonce, whose outfit inspired Nini's.