Even Little Mix’s Own Fans Aren’t Here for the Girls’ “Racist” Performance

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The Little Mix girls have been on top of their games lately, snagging their third UK #1 with their single, “Black Magic” — which just so happens to be the female foursome’s biggest hit in America so far, FYI — and prepping for next month’s world tour kickoff. So it’s no wonder why they were plucked to perform at the 2016 BRIT Awards, making them the first girl group to take the stage at the ceremony since 2009 (Girls Aloud). Unfortunately, their performance wasn’t well received by all.

While there were many fans who praised the winners of The X Factor for their tribal take on their aforementioned hit track, others were not impressed with LM’s use of a calavera (a.k.a. a sugar skull) as a backdrop, as well as the attire of the backup dancers. Considering the fact that calaveras are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, many, including their own Mixers, criticized the band of cultural appropriation and racism:

As the last tweet mentions, this isn’t the first time the girls have been called out for cultural appropriation. In 2014, Perrie Edwards was slammed online for wearing a Native American headdress. Two years prior, she was put on blast for wearing a bindi. Clearly, the tweeter’s right: “they need to be educated soon.”

Watch the controversial performance here:

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