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Jennifer Lopez Slammed on Social Media for Allegedly Calling Herself Black in Her New Song

Kareena Koirala
Oct 21, 2020
06:30 A.M.
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Jennifer Lopez came under fire after she was featured in a new Maluma song where she called herself a "Black girl from the Bronx." Here is what the confused and enraged netizens had to say about it.

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Colombian singer Maluma recently released a new song, "Lonely," which is supposed to be the soundtrack of the upcoming film, "Marry Me." The song also features "I'm real" hitmaker, Jennifer Lopez.

The netizens were going bananas over the steamy music video of the song which was released on September 24, 2020, along with another song, "Pa' Ti." But when some keen listeners paid attention to the lyrics of "Lonely," they found themselves fuming.

Jennifer Lopez attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020, in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images.

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WHY SHE WAS CRITICIZED

In the song, Lopez sings "yo siempre seré tu negrita del Bronx," which directly translates to "I will always be your black girl from the Bronx." So when the netizens were done translating, many of them were offended because the singer is not Black.

Lopez was born into a family of Puerto Rican descent. Netizens argued that although Latinx have African ancestry, they are not recognized as Black. The word "Negrita" means "little black girl" and is usually used as a term of endearment.

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NETIZENS WERE NOT PLEASED

Since Lopez does not have African features or darker skin, the internet is not pleased with her choice of words and thinks that she abused it and used it as a prop to sell her music.

More recently, the fiancée of former MLB star Alex Rogriguez was slammed when she showed off her laid baby hair in a photo.

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WHAT TWITTER HAD TO SAY

One Twitter user opined that Lopez is an "All Lives Matter" supporter and she wants to be a Black girl to "hit a two-step." Another fan accused her of stealing from Balck women in a tweet.

A third user shared that the Black community is sick of non-Black women claiming to be Black when it is convenient. Calling Lopez's move uncool, they further wrote:

"Jlo has been in the busy for 30 years, lip singing about how proud she is of her Hispanic heritage. Bow in 2020 she is a black girl? Really. This isn't cool. It's disgusting."

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NO STRANGER TO CRITICISM

This is not the first time that Lopez has come under fire for allegedly profiting off of Black culture. She has been called out for using derogatory words in her hip-hop music in the past and she was accused of attempting to release Amerie's song, "One Thing" as her own piece.

More recently, the fiancée of former MLB star Alex Rogriguez was slammed when she showed off her laid baby hair in a photo. The hair had long edges and netizens said that they did not qualify as baby hair.

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"Sister, Sister" star Jackée Harry mocked the "On The Floor" singer as she retweeted the photo. "Those babies grew into adolescents," she quipped in a tweet which was reshared by over 12 thousand users.

Lopez seems immune to the heavy criticism as she did not take her photo down. The baby hair trend is a staple in the African-American community. Popular celebrities including Saweetie, Yara Shahidi, and Rihanna have embraced the style over the years.

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