X Factor 2016: Honey G in NEW ‘management fix’ storm as she responds to ‘cultural appropriation’ drama

by Lynn Rowlands
X Factor 2016: Honey G

So far, this year’s series of The X Factor has pretty much been all about Honey G, and whether she is or is not genuinely a wannabe ‘rap artist’.

But even if we assume she in fact is exactly what it says on the tin, and Anna Gilford, the woman behind Honey G, does seriously hanker after a music biz career, there’s still the issue of the fact that Honey G ended up on the live shows when singers such as Sam Atkinson did not.

Because with the best will in the world, Honey G is not a singer of the calibre of Sam, or James Wilson or of other hopefuls who didn’t get past Judges’ Houses.

But nonetheless, it seems half the nation are backing Honey G and consider her to be hugely entertaining…

The other half, however, do not feel the same way. And some have suggested that X Factor bosses are “in on the joke” and are fully aware that Honey G is simply a comedy character created by Anna Gilford.

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And according to TV Biz today, that theory may well have been given some added momentum with the revelation that Honey G is being represented by CAA, the same company who “take care” of X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger.

The newspaper states, “It’s one of the world’s biggest and most respected talent agencies, and also counts superstars like Barbra Streisand, George Michael and Beyoncé on its books.”

However, it later adds, “CAA have merely been brought in to look after Honey and the other hopefuls when they take part in the X Factor tour – which only applies to a select few of the contestants – and other post-show gigs.”


That’s as clear as mud then…

Meanwhile though, the hoo-hah over accusations of “cultural appropriation” continue as many insist that with her act, Honey G is mocking black rap culture.

On Twitter, one angry X Factor fan wrote, “Appropriating black culture 4 the sake of comedy is racist.”

Another tweeted, “She is a parody of a culture mocking the artform… racist in my opinion.”

And as we recently reported, a Guardian reporter entirely agrees…

However, while speaking to The Sun, Honey G has hit back at those claims, saying, “I’m the finished article and I’m no different to the likes of Pharrell or Jay-Z.

“I find it quite insulting… maybe people have a problem with a white woman rapping.”

She concluded, “Any claims about me being racist are completely false and ridiculous.”


What do you think?

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.

1 Comment

  1. William H. on October 18, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Pharrell and JayZ really!!!! You must be jesting. Send her to the USofA and we’ll throw bricks at her never mind stones.

    And you wonder why the ratings are at 28 percent? Besides Simon and Nicole, what you have is a highly paid Circus act no one is willing to watch.

    As a side bar remark, views which come after the live show DO NOT contribute to advertising revenue numbers in a meaningful way.

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