This Decades Old Video Of Maya Angelou Correcting A Teen Sparked A Huge Debate On Twitter

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09: Maya Angelou speaks during the AARP Magazine's 2011 Inspire Awards at Ronald Reagan Building on December 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

This Decades Old Video Of Maya Angelou Correcting A Teen Sparked A Huge Debate On Twitter

"A young woman like you, or any other, has no license to come up to me and call me by my first name."

Published March 16th

Twitter just gave us a bigtime reminder that things have changed a lot between generations. A video of Maya Angelou that went viral is proving now to be that reminder.

  1. In the video, which Newsweek reports is from the early 1990s, is of a talk show and shows Angelou sitting on stage taking questions from the audience. When the host chooses a young girl, who begins her question by addressing Angelou as “Maya,” the legendary poet and civil rights activist responds with some unexpected fury.

    “Oh, thank you,” Angelou says to the girl in the clip. "And first, I’m Ms. Angelou."

    "I’m not Maya, I’m 62 years old," Angelou continues. "I’ve lived so long and tried so hard that a young woman like you, or any other, has no license to come up to me and call me by my first name. That’s first. Also, because at the same time, I’m your mother, I’m your auntie, I’m your teacher, I'm your professor. See?”

  2. The clip was posted by Twitter user @PrinceCharmingP, who captioned it, "I can’t wait to turn 30 so I can read one of yall for calling me by my first name like this." The video currently (as of Saturday afternoon) has amassed over 16,000 retweets, 54,000 likes and almost 2.5 million views.

    Of course, Twitter responded and it sparked a debate.

  3. Some said Angelou's statement is still relevant
  4. while others believe it was unnecessary and arcane

Written by BET Staff

Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

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