Are We Witnessing The Fall Of Doja Cat?
Don’t tell Doja Cat that you love her.
Doja Cat, once the darling of the internet, is facing intense backlash from her fans after she lashed out at them several times on Threads. Are we witnessing the start of her downfall? Perhaps. But maybe that’s what she wants.
If you’ve seen a lot of conversation happening around Doja Cat online as of late, you might be confused about where it’s coming from and what exactly Doja has done to anger so many fans. So buckle up and let’s unpack it together.
July 9, 2023: Doja Cat’s New Boyfriend Is Called Out On Twitter (X now, I guess)
ViralMaterialz posted paparazzi photos of Doja Cat kissing Twitch Streamer J. Cyrus. One user, Emma Incontro, replied to the Tweet accusing J. Cyrus of being “a master manipulator, abuser, and liar.”
j cyrus is a master manipulator, abuser, and liar. he has never apologized or taken responsibility for his actions
— emma incontro (@emmaincontro) June 9, 2023
When asked to elaborate on what she meant, Emma alleged that J. Cyrus sexually manipulated and lied to his moderators and viewers. “When confronted and called out, he quit streaming and blocked his victims”.
while being an active partnered streamer on twitch, he sexually manipulated and lied to his mods and other viewers. when confronted and called out, he quit streaming and blocked his victims
— emma incontro (@emmaincontro) June 9, 2023
July 21, 2023: Doja Cat Is Called Out For Blocking Users Calling Out Her BF
It took a few days, but the heat started picking up for Doja Cat after it was revealed that she had blocked a number of fans who called her out for dating J. Cyrus. More people started to accuse Cyrus of allegedly emotionally abusing a number of women who were moderators of his Twitch streams. One user Sophie — who was blocked by Doja Cat — alleged that Cyrus had “abused” and “taken advantage” of different women. She then went on to say that Cryus was in her and “other minors at the time dms”.
sorry doja cat for letting u know ur man had abused and taken advantage of so many women and lets not say how he was in mine and other minors at the time dms but ty for listening <3 its not like i was also a huge fan of yours https://t.co/eIaJ3pUGwb
— soph!! (@harryxhalle) July 20, 2023
Then one of her Instagram fans said this: “girl everyone unstanning you even if you paint yourself gold it won’t make things better.”
Doja did not take it well.
“I WANT YALL TO READ THIS COMMENT AND TAKE IT AS A MESSAGE,” she said. “I DONT GIVE A FUCK WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MY PERSONAL LIFE I NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL.”
She then went on to call them “miserable hoes”, which fans didn’t take lightly.
doja this isnt the serve u think it is pic.twitter.com/dGy5YkJLnT
— chloe (@selfishfooIs) July 20, 2023
Doja Cat continued to block people and a few days later…
July 24, 2023: Doja Tells Fans To Get A Job
Things reached boiling point between Doja Cat and her fans after she had a go at them for calling themselves “Kittenz”. It’s not the first fandom to name themselves. We have Barbz for Nicki Minaj fans, Lambs for Mariah Carey, and the notorious Swifties for Miss Taylor herself. Normally, artists don’t get too hot and bothered about their fandoms giving themselves names. Sometimes they even lean into the names. However, Doja Cat wasn’t having a bar of it.
“My fans don’t name themselves shit. If you call yourself a “kitten” or fucking “kittenz” that means you need to get off your phone and get a job and help your parents with the house,” she said on Threads. Ouch.
Doja Cat calls out her fans for calling themselves ‘Kittenz’ as a fandom name:
“my fans don’t name themselves shit. if you call yourself a “kitten” or fucking “kittenz” that means you need to get off your phone and get a job and help your parents with the house.” pic.twitter.com/NE4EbXmqvw
— Pop Base (@PopBase) July 23, 2023
She wasn’t done. When a fan said they wanted to hear Doja say she loved them, Doja replied, “I don’t though cuz I don’t even know y’all.”
This one stung the fans and some responded by suggesting that Doja somehow owed them because she’d be “nothing without us.” Doja didn’t agree with this sentiment, saying that nobody forced them to be fans of her.
This back and forth became too much for Doja Cat, who proceeded to deactivate her Threads account.
Some die hard fans rushed to Doja’s defence, insisting that the controversy may have been a publicity stunt for her upcoming album and single – and that Doja was performing as her new persona “Scarlet”. Things got even more confusing when Doja posted the lyrics to The Velvet Underground’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror (Reflect What You Are)” on Instagram.
so basically this is all a stunt !! 🧵:
in july doja tweeted “scarlet is here 🩸”
awhile back she downplayed her pop music and called them “cash grabs”
– and as of recently, she changed the covers to be red
(paint the town red)
insinuating all this is *SCARLETS* doing pic.twitter.com/8lyGSsljP6
— jaime ୨୧ santi (@hisojacat) July 24, 2023
So was this all a stunt? What message was she trying to send? Who knows.
What we do know is that fans have had enough. Massive Doja Cat fan accounts had already started to deactivate. It was a big day for Doja Cat fans.
July 25, 2023: Charli XCX Gets Involved, For Some Reason
There’s not much to say about this one other than Charli XCX tweeted saying, “Doja Cat’s being so grumpy!” Not sure why she felt the need to get involved but slay, I guess. She then said that her account was “hacked”.
doja cat’s being so grumpy !
— Charli (@charli_xcx) July 24, 2023
July 26, 2023: Doja Cat Loses Over 200,000 Followers
Since all of the drama started, Doja Cat has now lost over 200,000 followers on Instagram, according to Billboard. Fan pages also continued to delete their accounts on X and Instagram and others are selling their Scarlet Tour tickets.
The Internet Speaks
Because the internet must find humour in every situation, there have been quite a few funny tweets (I refuse to call them Xs) so I thought I would share a few for you.
Please don’t tell Doja that you love her.
Doja Cat when her fans love and support her pic.twitter.com/Os9hN3SUsP
— Auden McBeath (@audenmcbeath) July 24, 2023
Seriously, don’t tell her.
doja cat when a group of kids tell her they like her music pic.twitter.com/XYXBcGGj7a
— barbie🫀 (@cuntdisorder) July 24, 2023
And anyway it’s all part of the strategy?
— sky yoongi luvr💜 (@stillwithsky) July 25, 2023
Only time will tell…
Ky is a proud Kamilaroi and Dharug person and writer at Junkee. Follow them on X.
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