If another person acted like this, we may not have laughed so hard
You may not know her by name yet, but you’ve definitely heard about the “Cash me ousside, how bow dah?” girl from Dr. Phil.
Danielle Bregoli is an out-of-control teen whose strange antics have made her an internet sensation. Obviously, people don’t like her because she’s smart, good-hearted, or because she’s done great things; they just want to laugh at her while she puts on a “street” persona. The problem with that is that we’re actually just making fun of what she’s representing, and that can be more harmful to other people than we realize.
Danielle on TV
In 2016, we met Danielle Bregoli, a wild 13-year-old that had a very bad attitude and even worse habits like stealing and fighting. When she first appeared on The Dr. Phil Show, she had very long, fake fingernails, an even more fake “street” or “hood” accent, and she challenged everyone in the room to a fight which just made them laugh.
Her threatening catchphrase “Cash me ousside, how bow dah?” [Catch me outside, how about that?] immediately went viral.
Trying to Change
Dr. Phil sent the young girl to a ranch that would help her change her bad ways. It did help her some; she stopped using the fake accent for a while, but because of her newfound fame and hot-headed mom Barbara, she reverted back to her old ways.
She may have gotten even worse as people cheered her on to do sillier and sillier things just so they can laugh at her. She is certainly entertaining for better or worse, but what people are really laughing at is cultural appropriation, it seems.
Danielle decided to take on an accent “from the streets,” which disappeared temporarily while she was away at the disciplinary ranch Dr. Phil sent her to. She’s taking elements she believes are from black culture and using them to define herself— which is the dictionary definition of cultural appropriation.
The question here is would this exact same behavior be considered funny if it came from a girl of a different race? Here’s what people online had to say…