How Appropriating Slang can be Problematic: Yaaaass Queen, Even for you!

Right now, Woke, Slay, Bae, Yaaasss Queen and Lit are basically unavoidable. Yet the claim that these words are ‘internet slang’ is a bold faced lie- they come from Black and Queer culture. I’ll put it to you simply, flavoring your language with slang that is not native to you may come with more than a heavy does of side-eye, it could also be problematic, exploitative, and signal to the community that you’re borrowing from that you trivialize their personal experiences and tokenize their culture.

Gabby Henrie