Teen pop artist and Disney star Olivia Rodrigo revealed last Thursday in a V Magazine interview that growing up she only thought white girls could be real pop stars.
If you don’t already know, Rodrigo is currently the most adored pop princess for angsty teenage girls. You may recognize her from this cringey photo op with Anthony Fauci when she went to the White House to push young people to get the COVID shot.
Today, Rodrigo’s PR machine has shifted her focus from campaigning for the vaccine to condemning alleged racism in the music industry. When Rodrigo was asked how her Filipino American background plays into her career, Rodrigo claimed she never saw non-white pop artists as a young girl. “It was always like, ‘Pop star, that’s a white girl,’” said Rodrigo.
“I sometimes get DMs from little girls being like, ‘I’ve never seen someone who looked like me in your position.’ And I’m literally going to cry. Like just thinking about it,” she continued.
The “good 4 u” singer’s comments are pretty shocking considering a huge number of A-list pop stars are black and brown, from Christina Aguilera to Rihanna and John Legend. Indeed, the absolute biggest names in the industry — Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and J-Lo — are non-whites. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say non-white pop stars are overrepresented in the industry relative to population percentages.
What a little liar. She’s an 18 year old wanna be pop star who NEVER heard of Beyoncé, Nikki Minaj, J-Lo, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Macy Gray or even stars like Whitney, Mariah, Diana Ross, Tina Turner… did she not see Aretha’s funeral last year?
I hate the desire to be a victim.
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) August 30, 2021
The irony is that Rodrigo is (as the race-obsessed left would call her) “white passing.” Her mother is of Irish and German descent, making Rodrigo only half Filipina. Most of her fans probably didn’t even know she wasn’t fully white until she made this incredulous statement.
So, if she were really struggling to find stars that look like her, meaning white-passing Hispanics, she need look no farther than fellow former Disney stars Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Given these two women were at their height of popularity when now 18-year-old Rodrigo was the prime age to be a fan, it is pretty odd she has never heard of them.
It’s self-evident that there is an abundance of non-white and white-passing pop stars, like Rodrigo. The deeper question is, why does the fair-skinned singer feel she has to lie about being an unrepresented “person of color?”
Well, Rodrigo isn’t alone. White people pretending to be non-white is the result of a society that celebrates the victim olympics. Take, for example, Rachel Dolezal, the former professor and NAACP president who was, in fact, white.
Who can forget Elizabeth Warren, nicknamed “Pocahontas” for pretending to be Native American when applying for her prestigious job at Harvard Law School? And most recently, “Hilaria” Baldwin, Alec Baldwin’s wife, who turned out to actually be “Hillary” Baldwin after it was revealed she faked her Spanish accent and heritage for years.
The reason Rodrigo and others feel they need to over-emphasize, and in some cases totally fabricate, their “non-whiteness” is because it is professionally advantageous. The left’s obsession with race has created a world of oppressors versus oppressed. The more allegedly oppressed you are, the more opportunities become available to you because the left glorifies “diversity” (as opposed to merit) in its quest to create a more equitable country.
The ironic outcome of this left-wing lie is that the only systemic oppression that exists is set up against white people. Affirmative action, Latino or black-only scholarships, and the employee diversity scores are all stacked against white people.
We can’t really blame Rodrigo for lying. She was given a leading question by an interviewer who should have been asking about her music, not her race, and she responded the way any pop star’s manager would want her to. The right answer if she wants to stay relevant and interesting to her woke fans is to push the systemic racism narrative and affirm her own oppression on the diversity scale.
The sad part is, Rodrigo’s real contribution to pop culture is her raw, poignantly honest lyrics that perfectly capture adolescent relationships and breakups. It’s clear that very soon, her art will morph into something very different — something more pleasing to annoying woke activist bullies.
Like Taylor Swift, politics is on track to infect her artistic work. Instead of being her generation’s most relatable and authentic voice for emotional teenage girls, Rodrigo will become another desperate, pontificating bore.