Fans have been letting Doja Cat have it ever since May 22 when she was exposed over her alleged history of making racist remarks. The “Juicy” crooner did not immediately address the situation. But after a couple of days of silence, she spoke out and attempted to clear the air. Taking to Instagram, she shared a lengthy message in which she denied the allegations and apologized to fans who may have been hurt over the claims.
The Doja Cat controversy explained
In case this is all new to you, Doja Cat came under fire after Internet users accused her of engaging in racist chatrooms. There’s a thread on Lipstick Alley were supposed viewers claimed she allegedly made racist jokes and said she wished she weren’t black but was at least happy to be light-skinned with a big butt.
Those claims were unfounded, but video footage later emerged of her using the N-word in a chatroom comprised of what appears to be mostly white men and making tasteless jokes.
Her song “Dindu Nuffin” — a term used to describe victims of police brutality — also surfaced online. This all led to fans accusing her of being anti-black and “canceling” the “Say So” crooner through the #DojaCatIsOverParty hashtag on Twitter.
Doja Cat’s statement on the drama
Doja Cat, 24, broke her silence on the evening of Sunday, May 24.
“I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter,” she wrote in the statement. “I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”
“I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from,” she continued.
Addressing the controversial “Dindu Nuffin,” she added: “As for the old song that’s resurfaced, it was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience. It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me. I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use in my music.”
She went on to offer up another apology and vowed to do better moving forward.
“I understand my influence and impact and I’m taking this all very seriously,” she concluded. “I love you all and I’m sorry for upsetting or hurting any of you. That’s not my character, and I’m determined to show that to everybody moving forward. Thank you.”
Fan reactions to Doja Cat’s statement
Doja Cat turned the comments off on the post, preventing people from commenting on it. But they took to other websites such as Twitter to share their thoughts and showed that they weren’t moved by her remarks.
“Doja cat really tryna say she’s never been involved in racist conversations like there isn’t a whole video of her saying [N-word] with all those white people,” read one tweet.
“I would actually take Doja cat seriously if not for the fact that she was seen in this chat less than 6 days ago. U can’t change that fast my love so with no respect at all f*ck off,” said another.
Someone else said they “hope yall dont accept this half-a**ed apology from #DojaCat.”
“She took no responsibility and sat there and lied like its not videos of her participating, she gonna sit here and use her blk card saying 1/2 her family blk, but tell us she didnt know her pops? Bby u can kiss my grits,” they continued, referencing Doja Cat’s dad, Dumisani Dlamini. The “So High” singer previously said she had never met Dlamini and did not have much of a relationship with him.
Ultimately, this all shows that it’s going to take a lot to win fans back over. But as Doja Cat said in her note, she’s willing to put the work in to make it up to them.