Empire Review: Patti Cake$


In the last half decade, “cultural appropriation” has become an accusation commonly levelled at any white rapper who dares to so much as throw a gang sign. In 2013, we saw Lily Allen get it in the neck from the Twitterati for the twerking black and Asian back-up dancers in the video for Hard Out Here. At the end of last year, Honey G — a middle- aged white woman — got the same treatment week in, week out on The X Factor: her many critics included Lily Allen, who described her performances as “so wrong on so many levels”.

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