This Cringeworthy Video Exposes the Victoria’s Secret Models Who Said the N-Word Backstage

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On Tuesday, the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion aired on CBS. The show, which was taped in Shanghai last week, was by all accounts, an extravaganza of international proportions. The models looked fabulous, as models often will. The runway was superbly lengthy. Even better, barring one notorious incident, almost all the models made it down the runway and back, lingerie and wings still in good form.

Unfortunately, the show has also had no end of controversy, much of it having to do with a dreaded word called racism.

Filmed in Shanghai, China, the show was meant to star the likes of Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge… You know, all the big names you think about when you think about giraffe-like women with unrealistically fit bodies stomping down an artificial sidewalk.

The 36-year-old Brazilian model, who has walked the Victoria’s Secret runway for the past 17 years was ready to give up her wings so she could spend more time with her family. This was going to be her big moment, her grand finale. But then…

Gigi Hadid, the reigning fashion It Girl had to drop out because her visa wasn’t approved by the Chinese authorities. The reason? Racism. Video had surfaced of Hadid earlier in the year making a racist gesture with her eyes that had Chinese social media users fuming.

Big names such as Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, and Irina Sharipova were denied for issues ranging from racist incidents to “diplomatic issues.” Even the show’s big talent wasn’t spared.

To make matters worse, one of the models, Chinese-born Ming Xi slipped and fell on the runway and CBS not only didn’t cut out the clip, they also showed footage of her crying afterwards, igniting a firestorm of social media criticism. The point is, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show was a big, hot mess. None of it, however, compared to what happened next.

The video showed the models rapping the lyrics to song of the year Bodak Yellow by rapper Cardi B. This was all good and well except eagle-eyed viewers quickly noticed that the footage had been edited to omit a certain part of the lyrics.  

As it turns out, the Victoria’s Secret models, at a show that had already been plagued by accusations of racism no less, were rapping explicit and racially problematic lyrics at the very top of their lungs. “I don’t wanna choose / And I’m quick cut a nigga off / So don’t get comfortable,” was the exact lyric in question.

As a quick reminder, it is not appropriate for people who are not of African American or black extraction to say the N-word. Author, journalist and activist Ta-Nehisi Coates explained why during a talk for his newest book, We Were Eight Years In Power.

As we previously stated in an article on the subject:
The reason white people can’t use the N-word… is because of the context. [Coates] cited, as an example, his wife’s use of the word “honey” in reference to him. It was okay if she said it because she was his wife, but if a strange woman said it – not okay. In fact, it might even cause problems because why would a strange woman want to call him honey?

 

to the causcasian Victoria’s secret models, please refer to this clip the next time you come across the n word during your rap-a-longs??? pic.twitter.com/ssySggBQZV

— claude. (@cluadenine) November 30, 2017
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So these privileged female models are allowed to say the n word? i THINK THE FUCK NOT & don’t come @ me w/ the bs excuse “they were just singing the song,” BECAUSE ITS NOT OKAY

— – (@Ariliaaa) November 29, 2017
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me still waiting for twitter to expose which non-black victoria’s secret models said the n word while singing bodak yellow pic.twitter.com/97P3rwb6EF

— xmas crybaby ☃️ (@yessifarts) November 30, 2017
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there’s a really funny video of VS models singing Bodak Yellow and when the N word popped up all of em sang it but this girl looked straight at the camera like “NAH” pic.twitter.com/82NmHLHmVx

— ?anarkee? (@itsanarkee) November 30, 2017
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wait did those mayonnaise’s just say the n word pic.twitter.com/z48WuM6L9B

— Jabe (@hostilitay) November 29, 2017
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Hearing these “niggas” but not seeing no niggas pic.twitter.com/xYPAMb0djE

— ♡♡♡ (@bbycalypso) November 29, 2017
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She’s safe pic.twitter.com/o1Bp8vAG21

— Ben Met H (@liarsdontplay) November 29, 2017
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