Doja Cat used an Instagram Live broadcast last night (May 25) to further address allegations that she previously took part in racism online.
On Friday (May 22), the singer came under fire on Twitter when the hashtag #DojaCatIsOverParty went viral after it was alleged that she had taken part in racist video chats in the past. A song Doja wrote in 2015 called ‘Dindu Nuffin’, named after a racist slur that mocks the victims of police brutality, also resurfaced.
Doja Cat subsequently issued an apology on Instagram for the song, but denied taking part in “any racist conversations” in online chat rooms.
“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialise since I was a child,” she wrote. “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.”
Doja Cat then admitted to writing and recording ‘Dindu Nuffin’, but said it was a misguided attempt to “flip its meaning” in “response to people who often used that term to hurt me”.
“As for the old song that’s resurfaced, it was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience,” she wrote. “I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognise that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.”
Doja added: “I understand my influence and impact and I’m taking this all very seriously. 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 everyone moving forward. Thank you.”
Last night (May 25), Doja went on Instagram Live with the intention of “debunk[ing] everything” in regards to the allegations and the subsequent social media furore.
“From me and the people I work with, like any business, like any conglomerate, there would be many people trying to protect what’s going on and that’s exactly what we were trying to do,” she said, before addressing allegations of racism, her involvement in the chat rooms and the ‘Dindu Nuffin’ song, which she called “the worst song in the entire world”.
“There’s no better apology than me doing what I’ve always done, being on Live, telling you guys my fucking truth and being completely honest,” Doja told those watching. “It’s a hard time right now, but recording myself apologising and recording myself sounding perfectly diplomatic is the biggest fucking lie I can make to you.”
She later added: “My behaviour isn’t something that always needs to be followed, I’m not perfect — I shouldn’t be doing dumb shit. But also I need to stand up for myself instead of making a video that’s diplomatically and politically correct.”
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Acknowledging that “doing this [Instagram] Live might have been the biggest fucking mistake in my career”, Doja wrapped up by saying that she didn’t “want to be the person that fucking bullshits you”.
“I’m sorry if I hurt you, or embarrassed you, or made you feel in any way upset,” she told her fans.
Last week saw Doja Cat post a bizarre response to Lana Del Rey’s controversial Instagram post in which the latter hit back at claims her own music “glamorises abuse” while also citing the success of several other female artists.
Doja Cat was named alongside Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé by Del Rey, who said that they “have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc.”