Jesy Nelson Faces Backlash
After releasing her debut single, “Boyz,” featuring Nicki Minaj, singer Jesy Nelson, previously a member of Little Mix, is getting backlash for her music video. Some people may consider the lyrics and appearance as ‘blackfishing.’
Accusations Pour In
The accusations began to grow about Jesy Nelson shortly after her music video was released, and the people that had an issue were closer to Ms. Nelson than she had thought. A former singer of Little Mix, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, allegedly called out Ms. Nelson to ‘blackfishing’ and sent messages about the singer.
During an Instagram live on Sunday, Oct. 10, the singer had a few things to say regarding the accusations, and Nicki Minaj acknowledged the allegations from former singer, Ms. Pinnock.
Ms. Minaj defended the singer on the live:
“As long as you’re not hurting anybody or speaking negatively about anyone’s race or culture, you should be able to enjoy your body, your make-up, how you want to.”
As many people caught on, many knew who Nicki Minaj was referring to. “In terms of this situation, I’ve seen so many people utilize situations when they felt it was beneficial to them,” said Ms. Minaj. “…as soon as she got a video coming out with Nicki Minaj and Puffy, now you sending the stations for text messages.”
The singer opened up about her song in how it was meant to showcase her love for R&B music. Then she emphasized that this was never an issue when she was a member of Little Mix.
“I was in a group with two women of color for nine years, and it was never brought up to me up until the last music video that I did with them,” said Ms. Nelson.
Shortly after, Ms. Pinnock unfollowed Ms. Minaj on Instagram, leaving many to wonder who was in the wrong.