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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: Awkwafina attends the "Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings" New York Screening at Regal Union Square on August 30, 2021 in New York City.

Nora Lum, who professionally goes by the name Awkwafina, recently went on a press tour to promote Disney’s Shang-Chi and was asked about her “Black accent” in her blockbuster debut Crazy Rich Asians back in 2018.

“I’m open to the conversation. I think it really is something that is a little bit… multi-faceted and layered,” the Shang-Chi actress stated.

However, people are not having it and once the interview made its way online, one user on Twitter quickly debunked the actresses’ answer as to why she uses a “blaccent,” “She’s not black. She doesn’t get to speak like that, especially for clout. It’s not that complicated. It’s not ‘layered.'”

More are calling the actress out saying she gave a “non-answer” and was being “hypocritical” of a previous statement she made in an interview to Vice back in 2017 that had recently resurfaced.

“I refuse to do [Asian] accents. I’m not OK with someone writing the Asian experience for an Asian character. Like that’s annoying and I make it very clear, I don’t ever go out for auditions where I feel like I’m making a minstrel out of our people.”

Awkwafina is of Chinese and Korean descent and some have taken the use of her “blaccent” as a money grab and noticed that the actress abandoned the accent once she accepted her latest role, “Understand Nora dropped her blaccent the second she started getting more notoriety. The blaccent doesn’t serve her in the Disney world so she dropped it as it no longer benefits her (monetarily). Yet has the audacity to say using an Asian accent isn’t okay, tuh,” one user wrote.

Look how people are reacting to Awkwafina’s interview below: