Bhad Bhabie Just Compared Her Growing up with Black People to Tarzan and the Apes

Whitney Alese
5 min readApr 17, 2020

Bhad Bhabie probably needs someone else to manage her social media.

The 17 year old rapper, born Danielle Marie Peskowitz, is best known for her appearance on Dr. Phil (yes, Cash-Me-Outsside girl). Danielle has now created a name for herself in the music space with rappers like Kodak Black and Megan The Stallion recently got into major hot water over her new look.

Because of her recently plumped lips, skin darkening, with the addition of braids and cornrows as well as donning a “Blaccent” (adopting the stereotypical mannerisms of Black People) critics and fans alike have accused Danielle of blackfishing (putting on stereotypical aesthetics of Blackness in order to make ones appearance look Black or racially ambiguous).

Unfortunately, Danielle took to her Instagram, ranting disjointedly and ultimately making her own situation worse. Initially, the 17-year-old waved off the criticism and hit back that people “need to chill and focus on what’s important right now” in reference to the coronavirus crisis. Now, the “Gucci Flip Flops” rapper took to Instagram Live to defend her decision to darken her skin and shot down accusations that she was trying to be Black.

“Maybe the reason for that is because I grew up in the hood. Tarzan…he grew up around the bears in the jungle. He didn’t know no better…Tarzan was with the monkeys. He grew up with that. That’s all he knows! When someone grows up in a certain area or a certain place, they’re a part of their environment. They only know what’s been around them.”

She continued, “I can’t help it if I act a little hood or act [like] what y’all would say is more Black. I’m sorry. That’s the type of people I grew up around. I may do some little things that may make you think I’m trying to be Black. But, I’m not. I’m not trying to be Black.”

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Whitney Alese

Whitney Alese is a writer & podcaster, featured in WIRED Magazine (Sept 2020) & I-D Magazine (Dec. 2021), and NBC (Jan 2023). She is based in Philadelphia.