Meghan Trainor's Cultural Appropriation Lives in Her Voice



- MTV's Carvell Wallace analyzed the growing problem of white artists like Meghan putting on a 'blaccent'.

- On "NO" (The first single from her poorly received second album) Wallace noted that the Nantucket-born one-hit wonder was dropping her g's and utilizing what is understood to be African American Vernacular English.

- They are the recognized phonic conventions of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), a variety of English spoken largely, though not exclusively, by working-class and middle-class African-Americans.

- Wallace notes tangible instances of Trainor’s put-upon accent, but the problem with it comes less from specific moments and more from the overwhelming feeling that it is strange to hear a blonde woman from Massachusetts sounding a bit like Ashanti.

- Wallace goes on to speak of other blaccents from aritsts such as Macklemore and Iggy Azalea.

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