A blonde Georgia teenager has prompted fury online after publicly claiming that she is actually black in a series of bizarre videos that see her appropriating African-American culture.
Victoria Waldrip, 17, who is known online as Woah Vicky, claims that a DNA test proved what she says she has always believed: That even though she has dirty blonde her and pale skin, she is actually black, not white.
Since then, the Atlanta, Georgia, native has taken to regularly posting pictures and videos online, speaking in an ‘urban accent’, repeatedly saying the N-word, and embracing what she sees as black culture – wearing grills, do-rags and shower caps over her very straight hair, twerking, and fighting.
Odd: 17-year-old Victoria Waldrip, known online as Woah Vicky, has amassed more than 600,000 Instagram followers by posting videos in which she acts ‘black’
Identity crisis? The Georgia teen claims a DNA test revealed she is 25 per cent black
Offensive: Since coming out as ‘black,’ Victoria has kept posting videos where she engages in stereo typically black behavior
Oh no… The teen often wears do-rags and shower caps (pictured) over her very straight hair
‘My whole entire life my mom kept telling me “you’re white” and I never believed her because I knew I was black,’ she said, adding that she will celebrate the day she ‘found out she was black’ as her new birthday.
In another video she claimed she was pregnant with twins as she taps her head as if she’s scratching a non-existent weave. In others, she teaches her followers how to fight while sporting grills and wearing a shower cap, and repeatedly says the N-word, arguing that she can say because she’s black.
The teen seems to revel in the attention she’s getting and keeps sharing content about her race, including a video where she tells followers they are ‘racist as f***’ for not accepting her self-identification.
‘How are you gonna sit here and tell me what race I am? If I say I’m black then I’m black,’ she said, before posting a screenshot of what she claimed to be the DNA results, which said her ethnicity estimate was 45 per cent African and 54 per cent European.
It’s unclear why she first said she was 25 per cent black and showed a test that said something else.
Unsurprisingly, the teenager’s comments have prompted upset from thousands of followers, many of whom have labeled her ‘racist’ over her behavior.
Proof? Victoria posted a screenshot of what she said were her DNA results, even though the numbers didn’t match her previous statement
That’s one way to do it: The teen’s videos have been shared by rappers Snoop Dogg and Plies
Cashing in: Victoria is now promoting products on her social media accounts and making herself available for paid appearances
‘Your [sic] not f****** black . Your mom and dad must have dropped you on your d*** head,’ read one of the many negative comments.
Another read: ‘Your [sic] racist! You talk like an idiot and put funny headgear on your head and call yourself black! Its like you read a book on stereotypes and imitated it.’
However, that hasn’t stopped Victoria’s videos from being shared by celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Plies, prompting many to slam Victoria’s followers for encouraging her actions, noting that they shouldn’t be seen as funny, but as deeply offensive.
‘So when have it start being OK for a Caucasian person to say n****… The only reason she say it because ya’ll let her and laugh like it’s funny,’ said one commenter.
‘It’s racist when you’re “claiming” a race when you’re not. You’re doing this for attention it’s completely obvious,’ added another.
Yet, despite the backlash, she has started a career out of saying she’s black on her social media accounts, posting videos on YouTube like a makeup tutorial for black women, promoting products, and making herself available for paid appearances.
In an interview with Michael McCrudden, Victoria said she realized she had ‘made it’ after the rappers shared her videos, that she wants to be a rapper and maybe have her own show one day.
Both of Victoria’s parents are Caucasian, but she said her black ethnicity comes from her dad who never knew his father or the fact he was mix-raced.