There are so many things public figures do that can potentially harm their careers. From spreading harmful rhetoric to supporting unorthodox causes, the possibilities are endless. However, one major infraction that social media users would crucify them for is blackfishing. Blackfishing is when non-Black women use makeup or other beauty enhancements to appear Black. Unfortunately, singer Jesy Nelson is now being accused of exactly that.
Jesy Nelson — former member of the British Girl group Little Mix — has embarked on a solo career. In the music video for her solo debut “Boyz,” social media users can’t get past her appearance, which has brought up allegations of blackfishing. Read on to get the deets.
On Oct. 8, 2021, Jesy released the music video for her debut solo single “Boyz,” featuring Nicki Minaj. While the music video has a fun vibe, with a cameo by Diddy, fans couldn’t get past several things.
For starters, Jesy sings about wanting a man that’s “so hood, so good, so damn taboo” with “tattoos and them gold teeth.” Many people believe that the music video shows Jesy fetishizing Black men and Black culture.
But the cherry on top for social media users is that Jesy sports a super dark tan that makes her appear to look biracial. Whew chile!
As you can imagine, social media has been ripping the singer to shreds. From dubbing her a “blackfisher” to calling for Jesy to be canceled, the online dragging has gone into overdrive.
Making matters worse, Jesy’s former bandmates, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock have all unfollowed her on Instagram in light of the blackfishing accusations.
The collective disgust from my TL at Jesy Nelson’s blackfishing, fetishisation of black men and complete hypocrisy, warms my heart
jesy nelson stans cannot tell me she isn’t blackfishing pic.twitter.com/LKEM0SVCNG
However, Jesy has been adamant about not blackfishing.
“I take all those comments made seriously,” Jesy said via a statement to Vulture. “I would never intentionally do anything to make myself look racially ambiguous, so that’s why I was initially shocked that the term was directed at me.”
Nicki Minaj always stands up for what she believes is right. While there are plenty of celebrities who have been accused of and continue to blackfish, Nicki believes Jesy has done nothing wrong.
On Oct. 11, 2021, Nicki hopped on Instagram Live with Jesy Nelson to talk about… Brinkwire short summary.