A left-wing Canadian politician has been accused of “appropriating black cultures” by lobby group Black Lives Matter after she used one of Beyoncé’s song lyrics in a political ad.
New Democratic Party leadership candidate Niki Ashton posted a political picture about her bid which contained lyrics from Beyoncé’s song “Irreplaceable” and emphasized her promise to take an “unapologetic left turn” with the party.
“To the left, to the left,” the ad posted on Twitter read. “Like Beyonce says, to the left. Time for an unapologetic turn for the #NPD, for social, racial, enviro, and economic justice,” she added above the ad.
However, this wasn’t to everyone’s taste.
On Tuesday, the Vancouver chapter of Black Lives Matter tweeted at the politician saying that “Appropriating Black culture is not intersectional feminism. Please delete your “to the left” FB post & address the issue.”
Ashton quickly followed the order and deleted the post, replying to the BLM group that it was “not our intention to appropriate. We’re committed to a platform of racial justice+would appreciate ur feedback.”