• July 15, 2020

Lalla Hirayama Knocked for parody TikTok video

Local TV personality Lalla Hirayama faced backlash on Tuesday for posting a TikTok parody video of a coloured woman singing “2 Legit 2 Quit”.

Hirayama shared a video using a voiceover of an old video where a coloured woman singing an adapted version of “2 Legit 2 Quit” by MC Hammer.

The “LallaLand” host was called out by users for the use of the audio in the video as it reinforces stereotypes regarding coloured woman for a “cheap laugh”.

@LingDeeYoh was one of the people who addressed her video as being problematic and said:

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“The TikTok from Lalla is not cute or funny. We try in so many ways to not be caricatures and stereotypes. She is neither Coloured, not that it would make it any better. It’s vile and ugly.  If you find it funny good for you and proceed to unfriend me.”

After receiving a lot of heat in her mentions, Hirayama tried to explain why she thinks the video is okay:

However, many users disagreed with her and she went on a blocking spree.

 

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