Plastique is Vietnamese and proud.
In the second episode of the season, Plastique channeled her ancestors for her role as manicurist in her team’s parody of Black Panther, which was aptly titled, Why It Gotta Be Black, Panther? However, after some fans accused her portrayal as offensive, she clapped back on Instagram.
“When I first moved here from Vietnam, I didn’t know any English whatsoever. I spent 3-4 years in ESL and had the thickest Viet accent. I was so embarrassed to speak or to start a conversation with anyone because I thought all they would hear was the accent and not me,” she wrote. “Today, I am proud to have my accent. Because of that Vietnamese accent, we’ve raised activists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, nail techs, hair stylists, CEOs, artists, and entrepreneurs.”
She continued, “That accent represents the incredible hard work, dedication, and sacrifice the Vietnamese people had to make in order to give the younger generation a better life and to thrive at their fullest potential. I am no longer ashamed or embarrassed. I am a blessed, proud, and grateful Vietnamese Immigrant.”