Billie Eilish is once again facing scrutiny for a resurfaced video, this time for a 2018 interview in which she reveals her favorite cartoon character.
The clip was posted to Twitter last week and is from a longer interview with music site Montreality. When asked about her favorite cartoon character in one segment, she says it’s Cindy from The Boondocks.
“That’s me if I just did all the things I thought about doing,” Eilish says. “If I didn’t have good judgement.” She goes on to cite a few of her favorite Cindy moments from the Adult Swim series, adding that the character is “Fire.”
oh this bitch is just nasty pic.twitter.com/c1pDTCYjQg— ushbucks (@knotIess) July 7, 2021
The Boondocks is known for satirizing Black culture and stereotypes, but in the minor character of Cindy, the show satirized white girls who dress and act Black. And Eilish has been accused of cultural appropriation in the past.
no it’s actually funny that she feels connected to cindy bc they’re the same. cindy is a white girl from the suburbs with no connection to blackness but still puts on a blaccent for no reason and that’s billie herself. https://t.co/8S2Ld76Rlg— jenny ⁷ ∞ 🪐✨ (@httpsbt5) July 7, 2021
We told y’all she was a culture vulture.— Free Frog Thor (@LoLoVonZ) July 8, 2021
That character was literally placed in the Boondocks to satirize white girls who build their entire personality off hip-hop culture...
And that’s her fave. pic.twitter.com/ikGLxNQVfd
While some said this was just another example of appropriation, others didn’t see why liking a cartoon character was such a big deal.
Y'all really getting upset over Billie Eilish watching the Boondocks?! Imagine if only black people watched the show, the ratings would fuccing PLUMMET!🤦♂️ https://t.co/NuX5YW0iiX— desso awe (@dessoawe) July 7, 2021
Less than a month ago, Eilish apologized for a 5-year-old video in which she apparently mouthed an anti-Asian slur. She was also accused of using a “blaccent.” She has not yet responded to this most recent callout.
An HBO Max reboot of The Boondocks, with original creator Aaron McGruder, is reportedly set for 2022.