With racial tensions as high as they are in America right now, the internet had zero tolerance for Love & Hip Hop: Miami star Veronica Vega’s use of the N-word.
Going back to February of this year — right around the time Vega and Trina’s track “Pay Me” dropped — Vega and the “baddest b**ch” had a conversation about the star’s use of the controversial word. During an episode of LHHMIA, viewers watched as Trina told Vega that it bothered a lot of people.
“There was on thing, though, on the record where you saw the N-word,” Trina began. “A lot of my people was like up my a** about that.” “It’s a conversation culturally that just always, like, revolves and it just keeps going. Like, what permits me the ability to say certain things in a certain culture,” Vega responded. “Like, why am I not? ‘Cause my skin isn’t dark enough?”
The artist went on to say that, to her, she’s still treated “like a other” by white people. “Anytime you’ve been discriminated against, that struggle, being treated different… minority, you a ni**a,” she said.
Fast forward to the first season reunion show… Vega continued to defend her right to use the n-word alongside sharing that she identifies as black. Twitter drug her name — and everything else — through the mud.
“I am black.”
When host Nina Parker brought up Vega’s “unapologetic use of one very controversial word,” the audience became noticeably uncomfortable. After Parker asked Vega what ethnicity she identifies as, the aspiring artist said, “I’m black.”
“I am black. I’m absolutely black,” the star stated.
Trina, who was the first one to address the topic with Vega, stayed consistent with her earlier statements, saying that “you can’t tell people what to say, especially in the culture that we do when it comes to music.”
The vibe on set seemed on edge but peaceful. However, the same can’t said for the hostile environment Twitter users created.
At the beginning of the year, Vega touched on her use of the n-word during an interview with Bossip. “I’m from Miami and in the community I grew up in we used the word as a form of endearment and most times to refer to a male,” Vega said. “I was introduced to it when I learned English in school by my peers… It’s a word that is very much a part of our culture.”
After saying that her great grandmother is from Africa, Vega used that point as a bases for why she considers herself as a black person. The internet truly wasn’t here for it though.
“Their comments on who can say the n word was trash. & Veronica Vega isn’t Black. If your great grandmother is Black why aren’t any of your parents Black? Stop the lies.. #LHHMIA,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Being from the hood does not equate to being black, nor does living in poverty so that shouldn’t be your stance for why it’s ok to say ni**a,” another user wrote. “Especially when you can’t even empathize w/ a black girl who said she’s experienced colorism & peep your priveledge as a YT LATINA #LHHMIA.”
“i’m disappointed with everyone on that stage who could’ve easily corrected Veronica Vega & told her that she couldn’t say the N-word. #LHHMIA,” tweeted a fan.
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