Doja Cat Addresses Videos Which Show Her Joking With Alleged White Supremacists And Incels

"I shouldn't have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations."

Doja Cat

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Doja Cat has weathered many, many controversies across her career, ever since her breakout song ‘Mooo!’ went viral in 2018. Now, the singer has addressed videos that show her hanging out on reportedly incel and white supremacist chat rooms, as well as an old song named after a slur against black victims of police brutality.

Doja Cat — aka Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini — issued a statement on Instagram earlier today to address “what’s been happening on Twitter”, denying that she had ever taken part in “racist conversations” (via Vulture).

Several videos are currently circulating in which she says a slur in a video chat room, though the context remains unclear at best — aka, it’s not evident in the footage whether the individuals featured are white supremacists or incels.

Twitter users are alleging the ‘Say So’ singer was on these forums within the past week, and has repeatedly expressed racist sentiment on them. Now, in an Instagram statement, she has distanced herself from those ‘chat rooms’.

“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child,” she wrote. “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.”

In a previous Paper Magazine profile, Doja has said she became ‘near religiously’ obsessed with an unnamed online chat room where people would “pick on her”, so she began to “make offensive jokes” as a response. This is in keeping with Doja’s past controversies, such as her defense of using a gay slur repeatedly on Twitter.

In her statement, Doja also addressed a recently resurfaced song from 2015, ‘Dindu Nuffin’, a slur used by white supremacist groups and message boards to make fun of black victims of police violence. She said it was a misguided attempt to ‘reclaim’ a word used against her.

“I’m a black woman,” she wrote. “Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from.” [Doja’s father is South African actor Dumisani Dlamini.]

“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. I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.”

She then apologised for upsetting her fans, saying it’s “not” her “character”.

“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.”

Reaction, of course, has been mixed: both #DojaCatIsOverParty and #WeAreSorryDoja have trended on Twitter in the past few days, with people rushing to contextualise the videos within whichever context they choose.

Last November, Doja Cat released her second studio album Hot Pink, featuring the track ‘Say So’, which caught on thanks, in part, to TikTok. A remix with Nicki Minaj hit #1 in the US two weeks ago, which was Minaj’s first time at the top of the charts.

The album was released via Kemosabe Records, Dr. Luke’s Sony imprint, who is credited as producer on ‘Say So’ and several other tracks. As with Kim Petras, her working relationship with the producer has been criticised, given Kesha’s allegations of abuse against him.

Doja Cat has recently been in the news as she was one of several women of colour Lana Del Rey backhandedly disparaged in an Instagram post about her own critics: a divide that reeked of privilege.

Doja Cat responded with a comment on the post, writing (then deleting) “gang sunk that dunker”, which no, isn’t a reference to anything, but was widely understood to celebrate Lana’s impending ‘cancellation’.

Find Doja Cat’s post below.