Yewande Biala says she corrected Lucie Donlan ‘multiple times’ on her name in heartfelt statement amid feud01/23/2021
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Yewande Biala has candidly spoken out to open up on her experience with racialized renaming after claims Lucie Donlan “refused to call her by her name”.
The 25 year old Love Island star said she corrected Lucie, 22, “multiple times” on the pronunciation of her name during their time in the villa in 2019.
Yewande also shared her experience with people refusing to call her by her name throughout her life, which first began in her teens.
The beauty shared the lengthy, heartfelt statement on her Instagram story and on Twitter.
As she posted the images of her statement on Twitter and wrote above: “This is the last thing I’m going to say about this situation…..“
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In the statement, Yewande began with: “I think one of my earlier memories of racialized re-naming was when I was exploring different secondary schools. One of the school I was interested in, btw I didn’t end up going, asked me for my full name.
“Which is, Yewande Elizabeth Biala. After having difficulties pronouncing my name, she went forward and asked if we could just put it down as Elizabeth Biala, as it would be easier for everyone.
“In that moment all I hear was that I didn’t matter, and I was an inconvenience. From that day I made it my mission to make sure people know my name was important, after all that is my identity.”
She continued: “Names are prominent identifiers that can often tell the story of one’s ethnicity and cultural background. My name means mother coming back, and I love it.
“There is a tendency for White European aimed and whiteness in general to be perceived as normative, whereas racial minorities with names of religious and ethnic origin may be seen as an inconvenience.
“Examples of name-based micro aggressions include giving an unwanted nickname.”
Yewande, who previously revealed she was almost kidnapped on a Tinder date, added: “As I became older and developed my multicultural competence, I decided to stop trying to make others comfortable at my own expense.”
The stunning Love Island star continued in another post: “It’s important to recognise that asking for a nickname can feel invalidating, it makes me feel like an inconvenience also ascribing a nickname to a person or participating in racialized re-naming, can be distressing.
“You as an oppressor, have stripped me of my identity, you’ve taken my power in choosing how I want to be addressed.”
Speaking of the claims Lucie refused to say Yewande’s name while on Love Island together, Yewande explained: “I corrected her multiple times, I didn’t mind, because you are going to get it right.
“There was a moment just before a challenge. This was after 3 weeks in. She mispronounced my name, I corrected her again and her reply was “yeah whatever you know what I mean” I remember one of the producers putting her arms around me.
“Being black on TV means not rising you voice, not being too defensive, because you don’t want to creative the narrative of being an angry black woman or being a bully.
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“I am not a bully, it’s such a huge accusation and one that should be handled very seriously.
“And lastly, I encourage everyone to be aware of racialized renaming and name-based teasing. I think we should all be working towards being better advocates and creating a different dynamic around these narratives.”
OK! online has contacted Lucie’s representatives for comment.
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