Disputes over alleged “blackfishing” made against Jesy Nelson have drawn the ire of Nicki Minaj. As part of a co-hosted Instagram live video with Nelson, the US rapper addressed claims that Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock had accused her former bandmate of cultural appropriation.
Nicki Minaj Makes her Position Known Regarding ‘Blackfishing’
The ‘Superbase‘ rapper made reference to leaked messages published in The Sun newspaper appearing to be from Pinnock accusing Nelson of “Blackfishing” – a non-black person making themselves appear as if they have Black heritage.
Minaj went on:
“I wear blonde hair, straight blonde hair down to my feet if I want to when I want to, contacts, whatever, I do whatever the f*** I want. As long as you’re not hurting anybody or speaking negative about anybody’s race or culture, you should be able to enjoy your makeup, your body however you want to.”
Jesy Nelson Plays it Safe By Allowing Nicki Minaj to Do All of The Talking
Nelson joined Minaj for the live video appearance on the social network but didn’t comment directly on the allegations, merely nodding in agreement.
Minaj, 38, added: “It screams insecurity, it screams that you’re jealous, only jealous people do things like this.”
Nelson responded: “Thank you, babe. Honestly, that really means a lot.”
After announcing in December that she would be leaving Little Mix after nine years because of her mental health, the 30-year-old singer has been criticized by some for her appearance in the video for Boyz.
White Women Tanning versus Blackfishing
In the video, Nelson appears heavily tanned, with black and white braids in her bleached blonde hair extensions. Vulture reported that she had only been accused of blackfishing since leaving the group, but claimed she was simply reverting to her original appearance.
She said: “But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on. I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t.”