Is The X Factor's Honey G a 'modern-day blackface'?
Guardian writer takes offence at white female rapper for 'demeaning black culture'
This year's The X Factor contestant Honey G sparked controversy when she was given a place on the live shows despite her questionable vocal talents, Now her act is causing a more serious debate.
The rapper, who performed a rendition of Tupac's California on last Saturday's show, has been accused of cultural appropriation.
Columnist Lola Okolosie, writing in The Guardian, says Honey G is a "modern-day blackface" and viewers who vote for her are "playing a role in demeaning black culture".
The rapper's "tinfoil gold tracksuit, shades and florid hand gestures betray what the whole act is about: a caricature of blackness as stupid and illicit", she adds.
She acknowledges this might not have been the intention, but claims it is "certainly the subtext of her affectations".
"In all the coverage and reaction to this woman's representation of blackness, there was no comment on how reductive her caricature is. Apparently Honey G is just funny and nothing else. Wrong," she says.
Okolosie's views were echoed by others on Twitter, but many defended the rapper and say the act is self-deprecating rather than demeaning to others. Even Snoop Dogg is said to be a fan.
But Joel Golby at Vice also wonders whether Honey G, who is believed to be a 35-year-old recruitment-firm manager called Anna Gilford in real life, is "problematic".
He says: "She's definitely ticking a lot of boxes on The List of Things That Just Feel Somehow As Though They're Wrong.
"I don't know: I just feel like the end of the Honey G story is her, sat sombrely on the Good Morning Britain sofa, solemnly taking her reflective shades off and fixing the camera with two pink-lidded pinprick eyes, and saying, When I say Sorry, you say For The Racism."