Doja Cat has released a statement denying allegations accusing her of racism. It was alleged that the singer took part in racist video chats.
Doja Cat began trending on Friday for all the wrong reasons with the hashtag #DojaCatIsOverParty after allegations surfaced that the singer had taken part in racist video chats and wrote a song in 2015 called “Dindu Nuffin,” a racist term used in reference to black people who claim to be innocent after facing police brutality.
She said in the song: “How much nothing can a dindu do / If a dindu, dindu nothin’ / How much money could a dindu make / If a dindu did all the things that you wish to.”
People believe that the song was targeted at Sandra Bland, a black woman who died in police custody in 2015.
Yesterday, Doja Cat issued a statement, apologizing for the song, but denied taking part in “any racist conversations.”
She wrote on her official Instagram page: “I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter,
“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialise 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 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.
“As for the old song that’s resurfaced, it was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience.” she said. “It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me. I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognise that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.
“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.”