The world of Doja Cat has seemingly been turned upside down ever since the rapper’s single “Say So” Remix ft Nicki Minaj earned the #1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in her career. Since then, Doja Cat has been battling allegations of her connections to TinyChat, a chatroom that’s allegedly full of white supremacists, rumors of self-hate, mocking Beyoncé, and her song “Dindu Nuffin.”
Earlier today (May 26), Doja Cat appeared on Instagram Live to publicly address all allegations, while revealing that her initial apology statement posted on Instagram (May 24) was adjusted by her management team.
“The mistake that we made was to not go on live, to not go on social media, [but] to ignore social media,” Doja Cat said. “Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes it let things deflate, but I’ve had three days to do this […] There’s nothing more ingenuine than making a f***ing edited video… I’ve counted 98 different apologies. There is no better apology than me doing what I’ve always done: being on live telling you guys my f***ing truth and being completely honest.”
During her live apology, Doja Cat addressed the controversy surrounding her song “Dindu Nuffin,” which was recorded in 2015. The 24-year-old LA native informed her viewers that she is aware that the title is an offensive phrase, which should not have been used.
She apologized to anyone who felt offended by it. She also noted that the song is in no way related to police brutality or Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell in 2015, days after being arrested during a traffic stop.
“I’m very sorry to anybody who’s taken offense to anybody who I have hurt using this term,” she said. “When I used it, it was because I was in chat rooms all the time and I was kind of locked away, and I was always on there just dealing with people coming at me […] To see a song, my song that I made connected to an innocent black woman’s death is one of the most awful rumors that I’ve ever encountered.”
Doja continued to say that she used the term in her song as a way to flip it around to those who used it in a slanderous way towards her, but ultimately, she reveals that it was “the worst song in the entire world.”
Next, Doja Cat spoke on rumors that she was “stripping for white supremacists.” She acknowledges that “TinyChat is a public chatroom that she and her friends would visit. Through her time in the chatroom, she has witnessed racism, which she claims is banned.
“The idea that this chatroom is a white supremacist chatroom is… I don’t understand it in any way,” Doja Cat said. “Not even.”
The “Say So” artist believes that compared to other social media outlets, racism occurs more on TinyChat because it is not being as monitored as the rest. Although Doja Cat agrees with the public’s view of racism on TinyChat, she is also very adamant that the chat is not a white supremacist chatroom.
“The narrative that it’s a white supremacist chat is completely incorrect. It is absolutely 100% f***ing incorrect.”
Another rumor that Doja Cat brought to the surface were allegations that she disrespected singer Beyoncé. According to INDEPENDENT, a video circulating on social media appeared to show the rapper referring to her as “Beyonkey.”
“I saw something about how people thought I was coming for Beyoncé?” Doja said. “Beyoncé is the cream of the f***ing crop. Beyoncé is the reason why I believe I can be who I am. Beyoncé is one of the driving forces of who I am in my career. Beyoncé is undeniably talented, and every f***ing time anyone has ever [come] for Beyoncé, I was there. And that’s all I have to say.”
To end her nearly 30-minute IG Live, Doja Cat thanks her fans that have always supported her, while also apologizing to those who are truly hurt by her past actions.
“I’m sorry if I hurt you or embarrassed you or made you feel in any way upset. Thank you so much.”