March 16, 2017

Niki Ashton kowtows after Black Lives Matter accuses her of 'cultural appropriation' for Beyonce lyrics in campaign meme

StaffRebel Columnist

NDP Leadership candidate Niki Ashton removed a meme from her social media accounts which included the lyrics “to the left” from the Beyonce song 'Irreplaceable'.

After posting the meme on Twitter, a Black Lives Matter Vancouver account confronted the NDP leadership hopeful. “Appropriating Black culture is not intersectional feminism. Please delete your "to the left" FB post & address the issue,” the account tweeted.

Ashton then removed the meme and responded by THANKING the radical BLM account. “We removed it.Not our intention to appropriate. We're committed to a platform of racial justice+would appreciate ur feedback,” she replied.

She then followed it up with a couple of other tweets. “As noted I appreciate the msg from @BLM_Van. Showing respect is what building a movement is all about” and “I will not tolerate racism or hate speech directed at #BLM or any community.”

As iPolitics points out, there was an immediate backlash to Ashton removing the tweet with some calling her to 'have a backbone'.

SOUND OFF: should she have deleted the tweet?

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commented 2017-03-16 20:45:50 -0400
SOUND OFF: should she have deleted the tweet?”


Delete BLM and the NDP instead!
commented 2017-03-16 18:49:35 -0400
Jobs are scarce, common sense is scarce, but we sure have an abundant supply of idiots. I wonder if there’s a global market for them…. perhaps some less progressive country with who we could trade our proliferation of idiots for some locally manufactured goods. That would be nice.
commented 2017-03-16 18:05:14 -0400
So I guess Snoop Dogg pretending to assassinate the President of USA is Black culture also.
Keep your hate to yourself.
commented 2017-03-16 17:52:12 -0400
By the way progressives , the internet was a product of the military industrial complex, so stop using it.
commented 2017-03-16 17:51:35 -0400
Dr Genius you got that right, it always seems to be a one way street.
commented 2017-03-16 17:11:21 -0400
Can anyone say scam?
commented 2017-03-16 17:09:32 -0400
Democracy? Capitalism? Wealth? Technology? Welfare? That’s all white culture. If you are of any other ethnicity, then you must stop appropriating this culture right now and give up all these benefits because I say so!