What does AAVE mean? Charli D’Amelio controversy explained amid internet backlash 

TikTok sensation Charli D’Amelio receives backlash for using African American Vernacular English (AAVE). The 18-year-old recently captioned her Instagram Stories with a specific phrase that’s now considered cultural appropriation. Since then, netizens have trolled the influencer on social media, while some critics blasted them for overdoing their actions.

Charli D’Amelio recently posted two pictures featuring AAVE on her social media platform. The social media sensation turned off the camera in one of them. She captioned the image, “I’m such a f**k.” On her next Instagram Story, she posted a picture of herself with her social media influencer, Avani. The two were seen wearing face masks and headphones. She captioned the pic, “On a flight like damn.” She also tagged the TikToker.

Charli D'Amelio has been slammed for using AAVE (Image via tiktokinsiders/Instagram)
Charli D’Amelio has been slammed for using AAVE (Image via tiktokinsiders/Instagram)

Netizens were disappointed to see the teen pen the phrase that black social media users are prominently using. Although certain AAVE phrases are commonly used in internet memes, many argue that using these phrases is offensive to Caucasian internet users.

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What is AAVE? Charli D’Amelio was drawn for using a dialect prominently used by black people

In December 1996, the Oakland Unified School District passed a resolution creating “Ebonics,” a separate language from English. This was done to accommodate the needs of the district’s African American student population, who were being corrected by teachers for using inappropriate English. Today, Ebonics is also popularly known as African American Vernacular English (AAVE).

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Charli D’Amelio has been criticized for using “af as f**k” as it appears inauthentic to the creator. She’s also receiving backlash for dressing a black person to gain attention online. Although the teenager didn’t say the phrase orally, she had to put on a “blacent” (an attempt to imitate the way black people speak), which would be culturally offensive.

There are several online creators who have attempted to embrace black culture despite being Caucasian. This has been known as “digital blackface” ever since. The term “digitally blaccent” has also emerged where Caucasians are attempting to inhabit black personalities on social media.

Some common AAVE phrases used online are “sis”, “fleek”, “periodt”, “yaaaasss!” etc.

It seems white social media users often use AAVE phrases as they have garnered a lot of attention online. Although it can be considered “internet slang,” white netizens still consider it offensive to use these phrases.


This isn’t the first time Charli D’Amelio has received backlash with black creators. She has been criticized for copying TikTok dances created by Black TikTokers and not giving them credit. Netizens were furious when they saw how the said dance choreography made her an internet star.


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