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Doja Cat Apologizes to Fans, Denies Joining “Racist Conversations” Online

The chart-topping singer was a part of two different trending hashtags on Twitter over the weekend.

Doja Cat has released a statement and a video on Instagram apologizing for what many fans believe were racist moments in her past. Over the weekend former fans and social media users have been participating in the #DojaCatIsOverParty and #OnlyKlans hashtags on Twitter.

A part of the #DojaCatIsOverParty, consisted of social media users tweeting out leaked clips of the singer in chat rooms with white men. Additionally, they were reported by The Daily Dot as “racist incel” chat rooms. Since she is half black, the moments in the chats were marked as instances of self-hate and Doja Cat was also called racist.

The swift cancellation of the singer-songwriter by fans arrives nearly two weeks after she landed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 100 chart. In an age where cancel culture is believed to reign supreme on social media, these hashtags don’t appear to have any real-life repercussions. 

In the statement which surfaced on Sunday, Doja wrote:

“I want to address what’s 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 rooms sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”

She went on to address the notion of her partaking in self-hate in the video she shared yesterday. “My friends looked on social media and they told me what was going on. I know exactly what you guys are talking about as far as self-hate goes,” she said. “I had a video of me talking about my hair. I have a lot of trouble taking care of my hair . . . A lot of my friends would agree who have hair like mine that they have a hard time taking care of it. What I think that the mistake may have been was saying it on a social platform, saying it out in public. Maybe being honest about how I feel about taking care of my hair was a bad idea.”

In the clip she also addressed a controversial song titled “Dindu Nuffin.” She said:

“To anybody who I have hurt using this term when I used it, it was because I was in chat rooms all the time and I was kinda locked away and I was always on there dealing with people coming at me left and right talking about different slanderous terms after another. The term that I used in the song was one that I learned that day. People were calling me it left and right.”

She added, “It was to kinda take back and fucking just say fuck you to those people. The song, however, I agree. Maybe the worst song in the entire world. Not good. Lyrically lost. The worst song. The lyrics in the song don’t make sense. I see some of the interpretations of the lyrics.” She also clarified the song was not connected to police brutality or Sandra Bland.

Elsewhere in the apology video she speaks on the belief that she was willingly participating in racist chat rooms. “The chat room that I go to is a public chat room,” she said. “It’s me, my friends. You go in there. Now you have to pay 30 dollars to get into the chat room, which is a new thing. But I used to go in there for free and I learned there are racist people who come in and out of the chat. They’re there. They happen and then they’re banned.” Doja Cat also shared, “The idea that this chat room is a white supremacist chat room is, I don’t understand in any way. I just don’t understand.”

Take a look at the entire apology video below.

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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