Doja Cat faced a public backlash for her alleged involvement in racist TinyChat groups. Social media users even made #DojalsOverParty trending on Twitter to cancel her, after which the 24-year-old star posted a statement on Instagram in which she addressed the allegations that she made racist comments in these chat rooms.
“I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter”, Doja started. She admitted joining the right-wing chat rooms but denied ever making racist comments. “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 wrote.
Doja Cat noted that she is “a black woman” and that half of her family is “black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from”.
Her 2015 hit “Dindu Nuffin” was labeled as racist for its title, as it represents a racial slur used by the alt-right members.
“As for the old song that’s resurfaced, it was in no way tied to anything outside of my own personal experience. It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me,” she explained. “I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music”, Doja said about the song.
“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 everybody moving forward. Thank you”, she concluded.
However, her apology wasn’t accepted by all. Some social media users accused her of making excuses. “She knew what she was doing when she joined those racist chats”, one wrote and another added: “She’s only sorry she got caught.”
“You were in racist chat rooms/sites but never participated in racist conversation? Doesn’t even sound believable”, one of the comments read.