Doja Cat was finally reaping the rewards of skyrocketing music career on the heels of a top-charting record and droves of new fans discovering her music. However, her past actions of hanging out in racist chat rooms and a song built around an alt-right slur surfaced for which she is apologizing for but Twitter isn’t letting it slide.
Via Instagram, the 24-year-old artist shared a lengthy statement addressing footage of her hanging out with the incels in chat rooms where epithets and other questionable terms flew around with ease sans Doja checking anyone for it. She is also under fire for an older song “Dindu Nuffin” that is built around a slur used by members of the alt-right to insult Black people.
From Doja Cat’s IG:
I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter.
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 anyone 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 goes on to address the “Dindu Nuffin” track, which she explained was her way to “flip its meaning” and take back control of the term but she acknowledged that it backfired. She ended the note by apologizing to her fans and for her past actions, promising to do better in the future.
While it appears that Doja Cat did her best to address the large pink elephants in the room, Twitter isn’t convinced and have gathered under the hashtag #OnlyKlans to drag the “Say So” star further. We’ve got those reactions below.
Doja KKKat and her team only apologized on IG bc they knew they could cut the comments off. Nah, bring that shit to Twitter, BUCKO!!!!!!!!— BIG BARTHOLOMEW (@PrideOfLR) May 25, 2020
Nah but Doja Cat gotta tell us how she "never participated in racist conversations" but was called a term used by racists so much that she made a song "reclaiming" it. This math ain't mathing.— America is musty 2021 (@DragonflyJonez) May 25, 2020
Still going down this Doja Cat rabbit hole and I’m really surprised more people aren’t talking about it. The receipts are there. The self-hate and racism she’s spewed is truly disturbing. But power/money so often protect their own and she’s definitely come into that recently.— Anna Sterling (ᜀᜈ) (@AnnaMSterling) May 25, 2020
I was kinda bored with the celeb drama of the past couple weeks but this doja cat thing delivered -- real internet sleuthing. mysterious chat rooms. throwback racist terminology i had to google— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) May 25, 2020
At least Drake tried to respect us with his lie when the blackface picture came up. Doja Cat didn't even put in any effort.— Zito (@_Zeets) May 25, 2020
Doja Cat basically said “wat are you talking about, abeg ok sorry”— OLONI BABY (@Oloni) May 25, 2020
Doja Cat doesnt even have the benefit of being racist a long time ago. She was racist on Mother's Day.— Kevín (@KevOnStage) May 25, 2020
Why are non-black people accepting or denying Doja Cats apology?? pic.twitter.com/PzNQGnniW4— Carmen 💗 (@AliciasBridge) May 25, 2020
The fact that Doja feel comfortable in these #OnlyKlans chat rooms with these people. She still goes bcs she enjoys it. These are her people whose company she keeps. She obviously gets some kind of gratification out of the experience if even after so much success she still goes. pic.twitter.com/xFkZ9vJs6I— Stephanie (@stephanietega) May 25, 2020
Every now & then someone like Doja Cat is mentioned a lot online and it reminds me that I don’t know shit about popular culture.— hydrated king chris long (@JOEL9ONE) May 25, 2020