Yewande Biala released a statement regarding her feud with former co-star Lucy Donlan after the surfer said she had received death threats due to her comments.
The 25-year-old Love Island star appeared as the trademark Lucie, 22, “the oppressor” and claimed that she had “stripped her of her identity” by asking her to be called by another name, which she described as a “racial renaming” case.
The secret feud between them surfaced earlier this week after Lucy claimed that Yuande had “ bullied her ” during her time at the villa in 2019.
Statement: Yewande Biala released a statement regarding her feud with former co-star Lucy Donlan after the surfer said she had received death threats due to her comments.
Yewande quickly responded and claimed that the reality character refused to call her by her real name because she was “ unable to pronounce it, ” as she rejected the bullying allegations.
“ As a persecutor, you stripped me of my identity and my authority, ” Yewande wrote in a lengthy post on social media on Saturday.
Reflecting on her past experiences of racial renaming, which she claimed was subtle aggression, she said, “ I think back to my earlier memories of racist renaming as I explored different high schools.
A school I was interested in, but I didn’t go out in the end, asked me for my full name. After having difficulties pronouncing my name, I came forward and asked if we could put the name in the name of Elizabeth Byala, because it would be easier for everyone.
Rowe: The Love Island star, 25, posed as trademark Lucie, 22, was “unfair” and claimed she had “stripped her of her identity” by asking her to be called by another name.
At this moment, all I heard was I don’t care, and that was a nuisance. From that day on, I made it my mission to make sure people know my name is important, after all this is my identity.
“ Names are prominent identifiers that can often tell the story of a person’s race and cultural background, ” Yuandi added in the statement posted on her Twitter and Instagram page. My name means mother’s return, and I love him.
There is a tendency for white and white European names in general to be seen as normative, while ethnic minorities with names of religious and moral origins may be seen as a nuisance.
Yewandi went on to reveal that the experience left her feeling as though she never wanted to be disturbed again.
Examples of subtle name-based attacks include giving an unwanted nickname. As I got older and developed my multicultural competence, I decided to stop trying to make others comfortable at my own expense.
Details of her feelings on the topic, Yiwandi wrote in a lengthy post on social media on Saturday: “ As an oppressor, you stripped me of my identity and authority. ”
“It is important to realize that asking for a title can feel like a hero, which makes me annoying as well. Giving someone a nickname or participating in a racist rebranding can be distressing.
She appeared directly addressing Lucy, and said, “You as a persecutor have stripped me of my identity. You have taken my authority in choosing the way I want to be treated.”
I correct it a few times, I didn’t mind, because you’ll get it right. There was a moment before the challenge.
“It was 3 weeks later. She mispronounced my names, and I corrected them again and her response was, ‘Yes, whatever you know what I mean.’ I remember one of the producers putting her arms around me.
Being black on TV means not raising your voice, not being overly defensive, because you don’t want to create the story of being an angry or bully black woman.
“I am not a bully, it’s a huge accusation and it should be taken very seriously.”
Finally, she encouraged everyone to be aware of racist rebranding and name-based harassment. I think we should all be working towards being better advocates and creating a different dynamic around these narratives.
Lucie Donlan representatives were contacted by MailOnline for comment.
Yewande’s comments come after she revealed that she was bombed with messages accusing her of racism after discovering old Instagram comments from the social networking site Reddit claiming that Yewande had “ intimidated her ”.
Scientist Yewande responded Monday evening, accusing the blonde of refusing to correctly pronounce her name on the show, and co-star Amber Gill also provoked the participation, calling Lucy a “ bitch and a liar ” for her allegations.
‘Incredibly frightening’: Lucy receives death threats after her feud with Yuandi escalates into a racial spat
Speaking to MailOnline, Lucy was determined to put an end to the feud and was adamant that she could not pronounce Yewande’s name in a challenge that was an “accident.”
Lucy said, “ These are really old comments that were etched just to stir up disagreement between two women.
In this day and age and with everything that is happening in the world, we must all stick together and not attack each other.
I have received death threats that are incredibly frightening as you can imagine.
Opinion: Scientist Yuandi responded Monday night accusing the blonde of refusing to correctly pronounce her name on the show.
I have said on the program that I had trouble pronouncing the name Yewande, it’s exactly what I like.
I asked if I could use an abbreviated version of her name instead as a likable term – there’s nothing nasty to him.
“ I regret that some of the old comments made 18 months ago have multiplied like this and are out of control, and have sparked some unnecessary negativity.
“Can we all go on with this please?”
Former Co-Stars: Lucie and Yewande appeared together on Love Island in 2019 alongside Amy Hart and winner Amber Gill, who commented in defense of Yewande this week
The Instagram discovered by Reddit was sent shortly after the series ended in which Lucie and Yewande appeared.
She included comments from Lucy that she was “not bothered” by the Irish star’s opinion after calling her boring on ITV2.
A fan asked Lucy, “How do you feel about Yiwandi saying you’re such a terrible person?”
The Cornwall-born model replied, “ She always scared me.
‘I don’t bother her mind … it makes her look bad. Not sure where she said that!
Yewande responded with accusations on her part, claiming that Lucy refused to use her name in the villa because it was “too difficult to pronounce”.
Going to Twitter, Yewande wrote: “She refused to call me my name because it was too hard to pronounce” Now you want to say I intimidated you !! Intimidation.
Co-star Amber, who won the show’s series, supported Yewande saying, ‘Na, when she said can I call you’ Y ‘I said lol No, you can’t call you’ She ‘I was so peaceful in this exchange I was with vim.
“There’s a lot you don’t see”: Amy defended Yewande Monday, calling her friend a “beautiful and respectable queen” and claiming that a lot has happened behind the scenes.
Below one of UKGossipTV’s Instagram post, detailing back and forth between the two ends, Amber wrote: ‘Cut me af ** king break man …
‘You know lying, Yewande is a calm sun [motherf**kers] I’ve ever met and after almost two years and we’re not done with it man it’s boring.
Island resident Amy Hart also jumped into the Yuandi defense, writing on Twitter: “ Bite my tongue today, tomorrow it might be different. My last thought for the evening, this beautiful, respectable queen has sat on this for nearly two years …
We didn’t talk about it publicly because it was a Yuandi story to tell. I remember the dates, times and locations of each conversation in that villa. There is a lot that you do not see.
“ I’m shouting, I don’t care ”: Love Island 2019 winner Amber spoke out about the feud, tweeting Monday that she refuses to remain silent if she “sees something lying” about a friend