An Ultra left Canadian Politician trying to win the leadership of the New Democratic Party (NDP) has been accused of “appropriating black cultures” by a lobby group Black Lives Matter, after she used Beyoncé’s song lyrics in a political ad.
Niki Ashton, the NDP leadership candidate, posted a political picture about her bid with lyrics from Beyoncé’s song “Irreplaceable” and stressed her promise to take an “unapologetic left turn” with the party.
The group twitted at the politician saying “Appropriating Black culture is not intersectional feminism. Please delete your “to the left” FB post & address the issue.”
Ashton quickly followed the order and deleted the post, replying to the BLM group that it was “not our intention to appropriate. We’re committed to a platform of racial justice+would appreciate your feedback.”
Most Twitter users criticized the politician for giving in to the demands of the radical group. “Apologising for using a Beyonce lyric is abhorrent capitulation. Embarrassing. Have a backbone,” said one. “How is reciting extremely popular lyrics appropriating culture?” another Twitter user complained.
Ashton, who claims to be a democratic socialist and intersectional feminist, sent out two tweets explaining her position on Wednesday, saying she welcomed BLM Vancouver’s feedback and won’t tolerate racism towards anyone.
“As noted I appreciate the msg from @BLM_Van. Showing respect is what building a movement is all about,” she wrote, adding “I will not tolerate racism or hate speech directed at #BLM or any community.”
According to the Huffington Post, the politician didn’t say whether she thought using Beyoncé’s lyrics was cultural appropriation. Her campaign has refused to comment.