Lil Uzi Vert has been accused of cultural appropriation after he debuted a brand-new forehead piercing.
Earlier this week, the rapper made headlines when he revealed that he had embedded a pink diamond worth $24 million into his forehead. The rapper had apparently been eyeing the gem from celebrity jeweler Elliot Eliantte for years and had made plans to pierce it onto his face. But not everyone was a fan of Lil Uzi’s latest accessory.
According to XXL, several fans have called the rapper out for mocking Asian culture, particularly Hinduism. Lil Uzi first defended himself on Twitter by sharing photos of Hindus sporting the bindi, a colored dot worn on the centre of the forehead, with the caption: “I’m just a average dude man.”
I’m just a Average dude 🤷🏾♂️💎🔥 pic.twitter.com/MI7FXTGisC
— Uzi London 🌎☄️💕® (@LILUZIVERT) February 7, 2021
But his tweet received even more backlash from fans, who blasted the rapper for being disrespectful. In a now-deleted tweet, the rapper doubled down on his earlier statement, saying he’s “not mimicking anything.” “I know about a lot and love different forms of art,” he added. “Honestly … I love y’all.”