Twitter, as you can imagine, was NOT having it.
“Yep. This is America alright. Black person creates then it’s appropriated.”
Another person tweeted, “Nicole Arbour’s ‘This Is America’ parody is proof white people think black pain & oppression is funny. They’re constantly joking about things they dont experience because they lack empathy. They laugh at our pain & deny our oppression, while stealin our culture for money. #Evil.”
“You truly didn’t understand ‘This Is America’ if your thought process was let me make a WHITE women’s edit version,” another Twitter user wrote to Arbour. “Please delete and apologize for this atrocity.”
Nicole has since apologized (and disabled the Youtube comments) saying:
I thought it best to respond to the misinterpretation of my video here to clarify openly. (click show more) The purpose of my rendition was to honour the spirit of the video which absolutely moved me, by adding my and many women’s life experiences and truths to the brave and brutal truths expressed in the original.
It was created with every intention of bringing a light to women’s experiences such as the shaming of mothers breast feeding, common place date rape drugging, the labels put on us of “prude or hoe,” pressures to create a family, workplace harassment, the glass ceiling, drug dependency, effects of social media on modern relationships and self, and included a nod to the cheerleaders who have come forward demanding at least min wage from the multi million dollar corporations they work for.
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.
In retrospect, due to the sensitive nature of the original, I understand why some people are wrongly portraying this as white vs black. 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.
I also understand my cheeky responses to hateful comments have been taken out of context, and I take full responsibility for responding to trolls in a way that could be so easily manipulated and become hurtful when reposted without context.
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. Through this honesty, I believe we can discover a new level of empathy and understanding for each other that will ultimately and finally lead us to healing and unity that is desperately needed in society. What can we agree on? What do we have in common? Where are we hurting? Start there, then rebuild.
Thanks so much for the continued support while I discover how to best express my ideas, comedy and art, and I appreciate your patience when I fumble while learning to maneuver within the awesome blessing that is having such a large voice. Love for everybody, #GOTEAM🤘🏻
But I mean, really: Who greenlit this? And why did NO ONE involved tell her this wasn’t a good idea?