Over the weekend, a video of singer Doja Cat making sexual comments to people from the alt-right/incel community surfaced online, sparking outrage. Also, an old song of hers, “Dindu Nuffin,” surfaced—the lyrics and song title were seemingly borrowed from a term that mocked Black victims of police brutality. On Monday, the pop star released a statement via Instagram addressing the controversy including the suggestion she had stripped for white supremacists in a video chatroom.
While she called that allegation “100% incorrect”, the star admitted to “dumb-ass behavior” in her past. “I’m sorry if I hurt you or made you feel in any way upset,” she told fans.
The singer/rapper, whose real name is Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, was responding after the hashtag #DojaCatIsOverParty trended on Twitter over the weekend. The controversy was triggered by the emergence of her old song “Dindu Nuffin”. Some people claimed the lyrics referred to Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in police custody in Texas in 2015, although Doja never mentioned her by name in the song.
Then, recent video footage of Doja Cat making sexual comments to people from the alt-right/incel community, a group of white supremacists with deeply misogynistic ties, in an online chat room surfaced as well.
In a statement posted to her Instagram on Sunday night, Doja tried to put the videos into context
“I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter,” the singer began. “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.”
She added that she was proud of her background: “I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.”
By: Dammy Eneli