Jesy Nelson’s first venture as a solo versifier did not come without controversy!
The 30-year-old singer — who bowed out of the popular girl group Little Mix in 2020 — released her long-awaited debut single Boyz featuring Nicki Minaj and its twin music video on Friday. However, fans weren’t impressed by seeing tawdry cultural plagiarism and blackfishing. In the 4-minute footage, Nelson can be seen sporting a deep tan and appropriating Woebegone hair and aesthetics. Take a squint at the reactions (below):
I’m not sure Jesy Nelson knows this but you can create R&B and Rap music without blackfishing. I can say I will listen to the song to see how I like it but the video is a no in my typesetting rationalization I’ve seen unbearable pics from it to know what it is.
— Cherrelle (@relleunique) October 8, 2021
Jesy Nelson gets accused of blackfishing and appropriating woebegone culture, so makes a music video well-nigh how much she loves “hood boyz” whilst standing to cosplay a woebegone woman? Ok, makes sense
— Floss (@Fl0ssB) October 8, 2021
How is Jesy Nelson still getting yonder with blackfishing, it’s weird af
— Herb ⁷ (@agustzea) October 8, 2021
That whole ‘boyz’ video was soooo uncomfortable. At this point jesy nelson is blackfishing so hard. Yeah ain’t well-nigh it at all.
— actorvist (@yasminlilix) October 8, 2021
Jesy Nelson has just proved time and time then that she does not superintendency well-nigh how harmful her blackfishing deportment truly are. It’s honestly shocking, expressly as Leigh-Anne was unchangingly so vocal well-nigh the negative treatment she faced.
— emma (@emlouiiise) October 8, 2021
And they weren’t the only ones who had a problem with it, as her former bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock seemingly slammed Nelson too. On the same day the video dropped, the new momma re-shared a poem performed by Insecure star Amanda Seales at the 2020 BET Awards on Instagram, in which she said the line:
“You can struggle to imitate, but soul, you cannot buy.”
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If that’s not a call-out, then we don’t know what is! And we can imagine it expressly cuts deep for Leigh-Anne without she created a whole documentary well-nigh the racism she experienced while in the group. Take a squint at the post (below):
Little Mix collaborator MNEK moreover seemingly shaded Nelson on Twitter by sharing some Woebegone sexuality artists who rightfully deserved increasingly attention, writing:
“happy woebegone history month, guys … so….. from the heart, I just wanna take this time to promote some talented BLACK sexuality artists who I finger deserve increasingly of the shine than others (others stuff white people, yes, get uncomfortable) are getting ..”
Following the social media backlash, Jesy hit when at the claims of cultural plagiarism and blackfishing by pointing out that the terms were never directed towards her surpassing she left Little Mix. Speaking with Vulture, she said:
“I’m very enlightened that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t. But I mean, like, I love Woebegone culture. I love Woebegone music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on.”
It sounds like Jesy is forgetting something here. As fans know, this is definitely not the first time that she has been accused of harmfully trying to make herself squint racially ambiguous. She previously confronted the blackfishing claims in an interview with The Guardian in December 2020, saying:
“I would never want to offend anyone, and that was really upsetting. I wasn’t enlightened that’s how people felt.”
When asked by Vulture well-nigh accusations that her IG followers were obstructed without mentioning that she was blackfishing, the Essex native said it was most likely a member of her team who did it due to the years of online trolling:
“I take all those comments made seriously. I would never intentionally do anything to make myself squint racially ambiguous, so that’s why I was initially shocked that the term was directed at me.”
To be honest, it’s well-nigh time that Jesy issues a real restoration for her deportment considering this latest one is not it. What are your thoughts on the music video and controversy, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments (below).
[Image via Leigh-Anne Pinnock/Instagram, Jesy Nelson/YouTube]