Today in everything is problematic: Comedian Kate Quigley hosted the AVN Adult Entertainment Awards, at which rapper Waka Flocka Flame performed. When a video of her twerking on him backstage was uploaded to YouTube, it quickly went viral as an example of cultural appropriation from a "wasted embarrassing white girl."
The title of the YouTube video, "Woman confronts Waka Flocka Flame"—which has more than a 1.3 million views—is "also pretty problematic," opined April Siese at Death and Taxes magazine. A post at the popular men's blog Barstool Sports was (jokingly?) titled "This White Girl Trying To Twerk On Waka Flocka Flame Is Not Helping Race Relations."
Quigley responded in an Instagram post, since taken down: "I've been pretty quiet about this whole twerk video thing. BUT 'RACE RELATIONS??!!' Give me a break!! SMH. Waka & me are cool. I saw him yesterday. Was obviously a joke & he thought it was hilarious. Good lord…"
When bombarded by TMZ at the airport this week, Waka explained that "actually, we set that up."
"We staged that just to see how many people would just go… 'look at her being a ho! That's hella racist' and stuff," he told TMZ. "You just see how people just run with shit. And it just goes to show how people just, they don't look into nothing."
"We didn't think it was going to go viral," he added. "I only did it just for comedy. I'm a comical person. I like having fun."