The hashtag #HowDoMexicansTalk is trending on Twitter as social media users squabble about Becky G and J-Hope’s new song “Chicken Noodle Soup”. The trilingual song —an homage to the early 2000’s hit by DJ Webstar and Young B (who now goes by Bianca Bonnie), featuring AG aka The Voice of Harlem— sent Twitter into a frenzied debate on cultural appropriation and whether or not Becky G is putting on a ‘blaccent’.
The “Chicken Noodle Soup” remake sparked a heated conversation around cultural appropriation on Twitter, and the Latinx community had stuff to say.
The much-anticipated collab between Becky G and K-pop singer J-Hope, resulted in a big Billboard Social 50 gain for Becky and has racked up over 50 million views in just 5 days. The 2006 hit remake even started a whole dance challenge after J-Hope shared a video of himself recreating the choreography on TikTok, millions of fans followed suit, posting their own videos with the hashtag #CNSChallenge. But the new “Chicken Noodle Soup” also sparked a heated conversation on cultural appropriation in the Latinx community online.
It’s not the first time BTS’ J-Hope is involved in a debate about appropriating other cultures.
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J-Hope himself has been the subject of criticism for cultural appropriation around one of the hairstyles he sported towards the end of the video. In most of the video of “Chicken Noodle Soup”, J-Hope rocks his natural hair with blonde highlights, but during the second half, he wears a twisted hairstyle that many believe resembled dreadlocks. It’s not the first time the BTS star finds himself involved in debates of this nature —especially given K-pop’s already fraught history with appropriating black culture.
One twitter used called the song “anti-black” and accused Becky G of using a ‘blaccent’.
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On this occasion however, the subject of debate and heated comments was ‘Sin Pijama’ singer Becky G. One outspoken account on black Latinx issues called the song “anti-black” and accused the Mexican-American singer of using a “Caribbean blaccent.” “La Mala” or @rudeboiluna, questioned Becky G’s Spanish accent in a tweet that went viral: “Non-black people of color cannot survive without appropriating black diaspora,” she wrote.
Other twitter users were quick to disagree with “La mala” and so, the rhetorical question ‘How do Mexicans talk’ started to trend as part of the debate, questioning whether there’s only one ‘correct’ way for Mexicans to speak Spanish. When asked, “La mala” responded: “like a Mexican. tf.”
Thousands of commenters asked “How are we supposed to sound in order to be legitimized as Mexican-American?”
The hashtag was a response to Luna’s argument that all Mexicans should sound the same given that Mexico has a population of nearly 130 million and is a multicultural nation that greatly identifies as ‘mestizo’ given that it’s composed of many ethnic groups complete with their own different languages. Another user asked “How do you think Mexicans sound? Do you think we [go] buRRito and tAcO all the time?” Luna replied, perhaps in poor taste, perhaps just making light of her own ignorance, “yea lol.”
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@rudeboiluna’s account has since been suspended following the heated tweets on behalf of BTS’ loyal army and the Mexican community who defended their views. Thousands of Latinx commenters chimed into the argument, a debate that greatly asked: “How are we supposed to sound in order to be legitimized as Mexican-American?”. The fact is that no one’s ethnic identity needs to be legitimized by anyone. No one has the right to invalidate another person’s cultural identity or expressions.
“You don’t look Latina” or “You don’t even speak Spanish, “are some remarks that second- and third-generation-born American Latinos hear way too often.
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Becky G is part of a troupe of Latinx artists who have been questioned for not “looking” Latino enough, or “sounding” Latino enough. The actor and singer, has shut down the ignorant claims many times before, most famously in an essay published on Popsugar.com:
“You don’t look Latina” or “You don’t even speak Spanish.” These are the remarks that us second- and third-generation-born American Latinos often hear. The truth is, the lack of language knowledge does not lessen the Latin blood running through our veins or the stories our last names carry. There is no “look” to the passion Latinos carry within them. Although my Spanish is flawed and I didn’t grow up in Mexico, I take pride in my roots. My family’s history and the fact that all the traditions and morals passed down have shaped me to be who I am today is what it means to be a second-generation-born Mexican-American for me.”
Becky G is one pop diva that loves a good collaboration. The Latina has teamed up musically with everyone from will.i.am and French Montana to Pitbull and Bad Bunny. Music isn’t the only place Becky likes to collaborate with another party. Earlier this year, the “Shower” singer also joined forces with ColourPop Cosmetics to create her own line of bold and brilliant makeup. So, it seems that when it comes to creating, the entertainer isn’t afraid to get other voices into the mix.
It now seems that Becky G has confirmed another big collaboration and it has set Stan Twitter ablaze with suspicion and hype.
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On Wednesday night, Becky took to Twitter to make a mysterious tweet that started a storm of speculation. In it, she used the hashtag “#BeckyHasAnotherSecret.” At first glance, the hashtag could have been referring to the Latina’s new single “Secrets” that was just released on September 13th. However, another tweet soon joined her own and added to the mystery.
BTS member J-Hope responded via the band’s official Twitter handle with the words, “Hey @iambeckyg, I have a secret, too…🤭😭👍” along with the mysterious abbreviated hashtag #CNS. In response, Becky retweeted J-Hope’s message and included a series of emojis of her own, playing it coy with their shared secret keeping.
That’s all it took for Beasters (Becky G fans) and member’s of BTS’ A.R.M.Y. to go into overdrive trying to figure out what the secret is.
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Fans of both of the entertainers are determined that these tweets confirm a collaboration between the two. Latinx members of the A.R.M.Y. — which boasts impressive numbers on Twitter — is especially living right now with the thought of a creative meeting between their favorite K-Pop band and the Latina singer.
J-Hope, whose nickname is Hobi, and Becky’s musical mashup has been dubbed “Hobi G” by fans and has is something that Beasters and the A.R.M.Y. have been expecting for a while. The pair met back in May of 2019 at the Billboard Music Awards and J-Hope has since named Becky as one of his potential future collaborators.
Back in September, rumors of a BTS and Becky G partnership got more credit when the Latina shared a short Instagram story while in L.A. In the video, some Korean snacks were shown. Fans connected the dots and speculated that J-Hope or other members of the Korean super group were on set with the Latina.
The suspicion of a secret collaboration was further stoked by the A.R.M.Y.’s own tracking of J-Hope’s whereabouts.
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Around the time of Becky’s Korean snack food Instagram story, J-Hope (whose real name is Jung Hoseok) was in L.A. for “unknown solo promotion.” This was during BTS’ scheduled vacation and the K-Pop star was back in Korea after only a few days in the States. When he was asked about the trip in a later interview, J-Hope simply said that the visit was part of “important businesssu.” However, the Korean star later teased fans with with news of an upcoming project. “Hang in there!! Everybody will be surprised,” he wrote to a fan on the Weverse app.
The A.R.M.Y. and Beasters also took Becky’s recent promotion of her new single as a sign that a collaboration was in the works.
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On September 12, the Latina began using the hashtag #BeckyHasASecret in a series of tweets. Though this hashtag was later proved to be promotion for her new single, “Secrets,” A.R.M.Y. members and Beasters alike were certain that the secret Becky was referring to was the much-anticipated collab.
With so many suspicions but no confirmations, fans were cautious not to jump to conclusions when Becky made her most recent “secret” tweet. That is, until J-Hope retweeted it and all but confirmed the wishes of thousands of fans.
Now that the collaboration is officially happening, the A.R.M.Y. and Beasters are all trying to decode what #CNS means and what it has to do with this new partnership.
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Fans are having fun speculating what the acronym might actually stand for. Some of the guesses include phrases like “Cuenta Nuestro Secreto,” “Can Nobody Sleep,” “Consumer Network Service,” “Consulting N Solutions,” and “Central Nervous System.” Fans are also wondering whether this collaboration is a new song or a remix of one of BTS’ or Becky G’s already released singles.
To add to the mystery, the official account for “The Masked Singer” also retweeted the Becky G/J-Hope series of tweets and added its own set of eye emojis. Now fans are wondering if the tweets are referring to an appearance on the singing entertainment show or if the account was just adding unnecessary mystery to the mix.
There’s no saying what this Becky G and BTS collaboration will entail as of yet but one thing is certain: Stan Twitter is ready for whatever it is.
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