December 28, 2017

"Awkwafina: ‘I was just rapping about my genitalia – not making a feminist message.'"

"New Yorker Nora Lum, AKA Awkwafina, has been going places since My Vag went viral on YouTube – now she’s playing a scrappy wingman in the movie Ocean’s 8," reports The Guardian.
... Lum has, since childhood, had an effortless ability to make people laugh. (When asked which characters she would have loved to play, she names My Cousin Vinny, “because we have a similar body type.”)... [But she] has precisely one viral hit, one album, and one high-profile collab under her belt: respectively, 2013’s My Vag, 2014’s Yellow Ranger and 2016’s Green Tea, with the standup comedian Margaret Cho.... My Vag, the viral hit [is] an epic boast battle that – with bonkers rhymes – pits her bits against a rival’s.... The track understandably caught people’s attention – not all gleeful; some feminists took exception – and gave the rapper a greater understanding of the platform she had stumbled on.
The 2 linked videos were new to me and Meade and we laughed a lot.

38 comments:

bleh said...

Here's a prediction: Ocean's 8 will be absolutely dreadful.

P.S. Please fix the conflicting edits glitch.

Meade said...

Spanning the web to bring you the constant variety... thrill... agony... human drama.... This is Althouse's Wide World of Blog!

Kate said...

That was hilarious. Still laughing.

Fernandinande said...

a scrappy wingman

Aww, I was hoping for a sassy smart 'n' sexy star in an irreverent captivating tale of a statuesque winged scrapman. With plenty of sultry talking monkeys.

Darrell said...

Well, Margaret Cho is a POS. I can see why she would attach herself to a newcomer she could exploit. like Lum.

Roy Jacobsen said...

Why do some people feel compelled to talk about their genitals? I don't want to talk about mine (they're fine, thank you), and I really don't want to hear about yours.

Bill Peschel said...

Following the Madonna / Paris Hilton / every girl comedian path I see. First the outrage to grab your attention, then hope something substantial follows.

But it's a good start for her. My Vag was pretty funny, and how often do you see James Lipton namechecked in an Asian rap song. I can get behind this kind of diversity. I had to click off Green Tea. Seeing Margaret Cho in whiteface is not a good look for her. I was expecting a rap battle between them.

Curious George said...

My vag speak five different languages
And told yo vag bitch make me a sandwich

That's pretty good.

MadisonMan said...

Ocean's 8 will be absolutely dreadful

I had the same thought about the new Ghostbusters before I saw it. Maybe it's because my expectations were so very low, but it exceeded expectations. Maybe Ocean's 8 will too.

Freeman Hunt said...

"Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margaritas)" Ha ha ha

Freeman Hunt said...

Lum is hilarious.

n.n said...

Women think with their pussy... hat?

Laurel said...

"thinking with their vagina".

I'd rather men continue to rule the world.

Achilles said...

Does she have an endorsement deal with a certain bottled water company?

Bay Area Guy said...

"The two linked videos were new to me and Meade and we laughed a lot."

Well, laughter and Vag are two of the best things on God's green earth. If somehow, you had somehow added pizza and football to the mix, Meade mighta reached a state of Nirvanic bliss.

traditionalguy said...

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat of ABC Sports' Winter Olympics coverage has been supplanted this winter by Trump and his Generals waging a secret war to expose and arrest the Clinton and Obama gangs. But this contest has not yet been allowed on the MSM.

We live in interesting times.

walter said...

I kinda wanted to like that..but..nope.
Just a few years later and "My vag is 50 times better than a penis" is a zeitgeist rallying cry in the era of "toxic masculinity" and pussy hats.
That line, you know, sticks out after all the comparative vag slagging.
Yet she couldn't see this coming.

Beth said...

My Vag is probably a riff on My Dick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raolLobDhNE Both are damn funny.

Beth said...

You might have missed this other one by Cho as well: My Puss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5BtLDcJOzQ

Michael said...

So I watched the My Vag video. In the sidebar I see ' You tube Also Recommends - The Sopranos: All the murders, Seasons 1-6.

Who wrote that algorithm?

AllenS said...

I have never had a conversation with my penis. Gotta go now, evidently I have to pee.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

When asked which characters she would have loved to play, she names My Cousin Vinny

She is an idiot.

My Cousin Vinny is the name of the movie and the "character" of Vinny never ever shows up in the movie. There IS no character of Vinny.

If her comedy is as dumb as she is......I'll pass.

walter said...

"Beth",
I was wondering if it was parody of another tune.
That's the only explanation that makes sense to me.
But wow..both just go on and on.............

Ann Althouse said...

The linked article says it is a parody of that other thing.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Dust Bunny Queen said...

My Cousin Vinny is the name of the movie and the "character" of Vinny never ever shows up in the movie.

I'm not sure what movie you're thinking of, but the "character" of Vinny Gambini most definitely shows up, played by Joe Pesci.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse and Meade, you guys laughed at those clips? I guess it's a female thing, and I'll never understand. Doesn't explain Meade, though.

walter said...

Ah..well..my bad, I guess.
The excerpted quote "just rapping about my genitalia" is a bit misleading.
More like poking fun at a dick rap.
Those wily ellipses of yers lopped that part out.

walter said...

The article suggests Hollywood has sniffed an opportunity to cash in on some sort of yellow fever...affirmatively acting to put her in an unexpected role.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

@ Ignorance.

Mea Culpa!!!!! You are correct and I am the idiot.

Jupiter said...

Reminds me of the early Edith Piaf.

Ann Althouse said...

"Doesn't explain Meade, though."

What would stop anyone from laughing at that other than being uncomfortable with anything "dirty"?

Ann Althouse said...

"I'm not sure what movie you're thinking..."

Titles that name characters who never show up....

1. Waiting for Godot

2. Rebecca

3. ...

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, what can I say? It. Was. Not. Funny.

Scott M said...

Looks like there's a petition to remove Matt Damon from Ocean's 8 because of his completely unremarkable remarks re Weinsteingatepocalypse. Good luck with that, "ladies".

Anonymous said...

3.Searching For Bobby Fischer

Michael K said...

Titles that name characters who never show up....

1. Waiting for Godot

2. Rebecca


The painting of Rebecca was there plus the move was about her. Good movie.

Bilwick said...

Would anyone like to hear about my genitals? No? How about pictures? I'm sure they're on the Internet somewhere.

Bob said...

Storm Large of Pink Martini (it's a PacNW thing) did a far better job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agfhgn1_yKE