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Why Do People Hate Awkwafina?

The line between cultural appropriation and appreciation is fuzzy, but Awkwafina's unprecedented success as an Asian-American woman should be celebrated.

"The Farewell"

Nora Lum, AKA Awkwafina, has blown up in recent years.

After maneuvering YouTube fame — with viral hits like "My Vag" — into a comedic rap career, her over-the-top persona was adapted into breakout comic-relief roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's Eight in 2018. She followed that up in 2019 by showing off her dramatic chops with a Golden Globe-winning performance in The Farewell.

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Is Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" a Rip-off of "Avatar" and "Korra"?

Whether it was intentional or subconscious, the new movie looks suspiciously familiar.

Update 3/5/2021: Raya is now out in theaters — for the reckless and the vaccinated — and on Disney+ — for people who want to spend $29.99 in addition to the subscription. If either of those categories describe you, hit us up on Facebook or Twitter to let us know if you think Raya ripped off Avatar.

The rest of us will be waiting until June, when it will be free to all Disney+ subscribers.

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