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Less than a week has passed since Jesy Nelson released his first solo solo, a collaboration called “Boyz” with Nicki Minaj and Diddy. Diddy’s solo sample classic “Bad Boys For Life” and features a singer’s cameo in the video. What it also does is perpetuate the negative stereotypes of Black men as “bad boys” and perpetuate a dangerous narrative that must have been left out in the past. Along with that, Nelson was accused of “blackfishing” by changing his appearance to make the race more obscure.
The song and the accompanying video were both greeted by witnesses, critics, and viewers. Nelson immediately told the backlash in a frank conversation with VULTURES, also acknowledged his decision to work with Minaj despite counter-vax comments. “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If Nicki feels she hasn’t done her full research yet and she wants to know more about vaccinations, that’s her opinion. She’s there to be there. in my song, to do his part. He really gave my song much better. That has nothing to do with my song and what we do, “he told the magazine.
Nelson goes on to (somewhat) say the allegations of cultural arrangement, “blackfishing”, and speaking in a “blaccent”, saying “I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; this is what I grew up with. I know I’m really a white British woman; I haven’t said I’m not. “Since the interview, fans and family members of the bandmates have shared their concerns, confirming that Nelson has been accused of similar things before and mentioned that he blocked all members on social media.
Following this, he was formerly with the band Leigh-Anne Pinnock reportedly accused of sending messages to TikTok star No Hun, encouraged him to “make a video about [Jesy] a blackfish instead. “No comments were made by Pinnock or the other members of Little Mix, but the situation was addressed by Nicki Minaj and Jesy Nelson, who went live on Instagram on Oct. 11 to discuss the video, blackfishing, and Nelson’s experience in banda.
During Live, Minaj accused Pinnock of being jealous and insecure, and important, He made it clear that he was behind Nelson no matter what, which Twitter fans would understand be confused (but not entirely shocked by).
Nelson also avoids discussing his relationship with Pinnock directly, but instead discusses his options behind the “Boyz” video: “My intention is not to upset people with color in this video and my song. as I said, growing up, it’s the music I listen to, it’s the videos I watch and, like, think the most.For myself, ’90s and 2000s hip-hop and R&B music, I stan to this day, is the best time of music made, so far, in my own mind.I just want to celebrate that.I just want to celebrate that time of music because it’s mine loved. My intentions never, really hurt me that maybe I hurt people and hurt people’s feelings just by actually celebrating something I love. “
Fans of Little Mixing, and previously in Nelson’s, rightly questioned Nelson’s response to Minaj’s comments about Pinnock. Viewers said the singer laughed as Minaj made inappropriate comments complicated by online bullying, something Nelson had previously struggled with the effects of and made into a documentary.
The singer went on to face comments about her skin tone, using excessive fake tan, and her wigs, explaining that “I want people to know that if with I like the video [Minaj], I don’t even have any fake tan. I had been going to Antigua before that for three weeks, and I was so lucky as a white woman that when I was in the sun, I was very dark. “Speaking of her curly hair, Nelson shared that” I want to come to this live now and show everyone, my hair is naturally curly. I always had curly hair, got it from my dad. As women in this industry, we both know, if we keep putting our hair down and ruining it, I have no hair left and that’s how I’m going. I wanted to get a wig that mimicked the same shape as my hair, and I really didn’t think I was doing anything wrong because I had natural curly hair. “
Finally, Nelson’s response to comments about blackfishing was that “I’ve been with a group of two women of color for nine years, and it never took me. Until the last music video [“Sweet Melody”] which I do to them, when he messages me like ‘Jesy I just want to let you know’. “He also recounted Diddy’s appearance in the video, telling viewers that“ I want to pay tribute to [Diddy] and he loved it. He saw the video and he accepted it. It didn’t matter to him. “
Later, it appears that Nelson never found a problem with his song or video choices, and hopefully fans will continue to (kindly) respond to him until something changes. It’s unclear what will come of Nelson’s solo career as a result, but for his friendship with the remaining members of the Little Mix band? It doesn’t look good.