YouTube star Nicole Arbour is receiving backlash on social media after posting a feminist remake of a video that portrayed an artist idea of the black experience in America.
The original video of Childish Gambino's music video, "This is America," explores visual references to racism and violence in the United States.
Actor Donald Glover, whose musical stage name is Childish Gambino, received more than 30 million views on YouTube in 48 hours.
Arbour, a Canadian YouTuber, dancer and choreographer, shot her video in a similar way.
Her message-women's experiences- and dubbed her version as the "Women's Edit."
The Canadian star faced backlash and was slammed for co-opting the video. Many expressed feelings of her being racially insensitive, deeming her version as "white feminism."
“This is not a women’s edit,” wrote one social media user. “This is a WHITE woman's edit. If you cannot see the difference, you’re a s— feminist and a hack.”
“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. “Please delete and apologize for this atrocity.”
Arbour shortly disabled the video's comments, and released an explantion on her twitter rather than an apology.
“I thought it best to respond to the misinterpretation of my video here to clarify openly,” she wrote. “The purpose of my rendition was to honor 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.”
The YouTuber also explained that the video was created with "every intention of bringing a light to women's experiences" such as shaming mothers for breast feeding in a common place, date rape, labels, and harassment.
Arbour went on to say that the video “was a thought in cheek to give additional glory to what I believe is the most impactful piece of art in recent years.”
The 32-year-old explains she understands why people would wrongly portray the video as a white vs. black thing, but that was not her intent. She also added that she is "so sick" of people being mad over slavery.
In 2015, Arbour received criticism for another video called "Dear Fat People" and was claimed as "fat-shaming." Despite the backlash received, and defended herself by saying "fat-shamming is not a thing" and that it was not made to offend people."
No comment has been made by Glover about the YouTuber's video.
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