Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has cast further doubts on the authenticity of controversial X Factor finalist Honey G.
The 35-year-old rapper from Harrow in North-West London – or “North Weezy” as she calls it – has been the major talking point of this year’s series. Some viewers believe she is a serious rapper with rather unusual technique, whereas others think her act is a potentially problematic parody of hip-hop culture. The Guardian‘s Lola Okolosie recently branded her performance on the show modern-day blackface”.
Last weekend, judge Simon Cowell responded to Honey G’s performance of Tupac’s ‘California Love’ by saying: “I thought you weren’t serious when you first came in. But now I realise that you are.”
However, Nelson – whose group won the show in 2011 – is less convinced. “She’s just no. I think she’s an actress, I’ve been told she is as well,” she said on KISS FM this morning, according to Daily Star.
“I don’t think it’s fair that novelty acts get through,” Nelson continued. “I get it in that it becomes a little niche thing and everyone finds it funny, but I just think it’s so unfair when so many incredible people don’t get through.”
Honey G – whose day job is running her own recruitment company – will no doubt cause more controversy on The X Factor tomorrow night (October 15) when she performs a cover of Notorious BIG’s ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’.