‘Queen of hypocrisy strikes again!’ Fans call out Nicki Minaj for defending Jesy Nelson in ‘blackfishing’ row despite her previously blasting Miley Cyrus for cultural appropriation
- Social media users have taken umbrage at Nicki’s stance after she called out Miley, 28, for a similar scenario back in 2015
- Nicki accused Little Mix fans of bullying Jesy after taking a swipe at Leigh-Anne in an Instagram livestream
- Nicki also defended Jesy against ‘blackfishing’ claims and instead accused Leigh-Anne of trying to ruin her former bandmate’s career
- ‘Blackfishing’ is a term used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage
- Leaked messages to influencer NoHun allegedly sent by Leigh-Anne saw the star accuse Jesy of blackfishing in her latest single Boyz
- Jesy left Little Mix back in December 2020 and has since revealed she no longer speaks to her former bandmates Leigh-Anne, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall
Nicki Minaj has been branded the ‘Queen of hypocrisy’ by furious fans after she defended Jesy Nelson in the ‘blackfishing row’, despite previously blasting the likes of Miley Cyrus for cultural appropriation.
The rapper, 38, has been embroiled in a row with Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock in which she branded the singer and the group ‘jealous miserable clowns’ after leaked Instagram messages saw Leigh-Anne slamming Jesy for ‘blackfishing’.
But social media users have taken umbrage at Nicki’s stance after she called out Miley for a similar scenario back in 2015, while she’s also slammed artists including Cardi B their use of black culture.
Drama: Nicki Minaj has been branded the ‘Queen of hypocrisy’ after she defended Jesy Nelson in the ‘blackfishing row’, despite previously blasting Miley Cyrus for cultural appropriation
Six years ago, Nicki and Miley, 28, were embroiled in major drama as Nicki savagely addressed Miley’s previous comments about her while collecting her Best Hip Hop video award at the VMAs.
Looking at the Wrecking Ball singer, she ranted: ‘Now, back to this b***h that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press… ‘Miley, what’s good?’
Despite Miley defending herself at the time, Nicki later explained in an interview with The New York Times Magazine how the issue ran deeper than that, as she suggested that Miley had been guilty of cultural appropriation.
Make your mind up: Nicki has defended Jesy Nelson (left) over claims of blackfishing in her Boyz music video, but previously called out Miley Cyrus (right) over a similar scenario
Under fire: Defence: The rapper, 38, has been embroiled in a row with Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock (pictured) in which she branded the singer and the group ‘jealous miserable clowns’
She said: ‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls.
‘You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad.’
The Anaconda hitmaker continued of the singer: ‘If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’
Two’s company: Nicki collaborated with Jesy for her debut solo single Boyz (pictured together in the music video)
Amid the ongoing drama with between herself, Little Mix and Jesy, fans have taken to Twitter to express their opinions on Nicki’s involvement, branding her a ‘hypocrite’ following her past comments about Miley.
‘Never forget nicki Minaj criticized Miley over black phishing, Queen of hypocrisy strikes again!!’ tweeted one person.
While another remarked: ‘Nicki Minaj has carved a career out of slagging off other artists. The hypocrisy!’
‘Wasn’t Nicki also the one who went off on Iggy for blackfishing in her last music video, but then shes defending jesy? As if jesy is not doing the same thing? Or when she attacked Miley for being a culture vulture at one point? But now she switching up!? Hum chileee anyways so…’ ranted a third.
Feud: Six years ago, Nicki and Miley, 28, were embroiled in major drama as Nicki savagely addressed Miley’s previous comments about her while collecting her Best Hip Hop video award at the VMAs
Called out: Amid the ongoing drama with between herself, Little Mix and Jesy, fans have taken to Twitter to express their opinions on Nicki’s involvement, branding her a ‘hypocrite’ following her past comments about Miley
A fourth fan questioned: ‘How come Nicki is defending jesy after calling out Iggy and Miley???’
With another adding: ‘Remember when Nicki called Miley out but not Jesy? Lol.’
Meanwhile, fans have also highlighted Nicki’s past disagreements with other music stars amid a similar issue.
In September 2018, Nicki angrily accused Cardi B – who has a Trinidadian mother and a father from the Dominican Republic and grew up in a predominately Latin and Caribbean neighborhood in New York – of ‘coming into her f****n’ culture’ following their physical altercation at a fashion event in New York that month.
Uh oh: In September 2018, Nicki angrily accused Cardi B – who has a Trinidadian mother and a father from the Dominican Republic and grew up in a predominately Latin and Caribbean neighborhood in New York – of ‘coming into her f****n’ culture’
After defending claims that she made remarks about Cardi’s daughter Kulture and calling the incident ‘mortifying and humiliating’, Nicki then called out Cardi directly during a chat on Beats 1’s Queen Radio.
She said to her rap rival: ‘You came into my f**kin’ culture. I never had to bang a DJ to play my songs. You call black women roaches. Real b****s never attack a woman.
‘You’re angry and you’re sad. This is not funny. Get this woman some f**in’ help. This woman’s at the highest point in her career and she’s throwing shoes?’
Taking to Twitter to remind Nicki over her past comments, one fans said: ‘Nicki called out Cardi for being a Culture Vulture but now all of the sudden Jesy is a queen and her ex bandmate who is actually a Black Woman is jealous of her?’
Reminder: Taking to Twitter to remind Nicki over her past comments, one fans said: ‘Nicki called out Cardi for being a Culture Vulture but now all of the sudden Jesy is a queen and her ex bandmate who is actually a Black Woman is jealous of her?’
While another shared: ‘Nicki did all that hooting and hollering on that radio show about Cardi B “coming into her culture” just to defend a girl that’s actually blackfishing in the video she’s in…’
With a third adding: ‘Nicki is only pro-black when it’s beneficial for her image, she went after Mariah back in 2012, then attacked Cardi 3 years ago for “not being black” then proceeds to go after Leigh Anne, a BLACK woman to defend Jesy, a WHITE woman…’
It comes after Nicki doubled down on her row with Leigh-Anne – accusing the star’s fans of ‘bullying’ Jesy Nelson.
The Super Bass took a swipe at Leigh-Anne on an Instagram live on Monday – after Leigh-Anne reportedly accused Jesy of ‘blackfishing’ – a term used to describe a white person attempting to appear to have black heritage – in leaked messages.
In the livestream, Nicki accused the girlband star of trying to ruin Jesy’s new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of Little Mix ‘jealous miserable clowns’.
‘You know she was suicidal, shame on you!’: It comes after Nicki doubled down on her row with Leigh-Anne – accusing the star’s fans of ‘bullying’ Jesy Nelson
After her comments caused a stir on social media – Nicki doubled down on her remarks in a tweet on Tuesday – taking aim at Leigh-Anne’s ‘messy’ fans and accusing them of having a negative impact on Jesy’s mental health.
Jesy has spoken candidly about her mental health battles in the past, and revealed in her 2019 BBC documentary, Odd One Out, that she attempted suicide after being subjected to vicious trolling.
Following a backlash over the livestream chat, Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki noted Jesy’s mental state as she tweeted: ‘JeLeigh btchs actin real messy. ~ if you know someone has been suicidal from bullying in the past, why try to get a bunch of ppl to bully them again about smthng else, on an even bigger scale?
‘Shame on you— that’s rlly sad. You don’t know what ppl can deal with. Mental Health [sic].’
Not holding back: After lashing out at Leigh-Anne on Instagram live, Nicki then took aim at Leigh-Anne’s ‘messy fans’, accusing them of having a negative impact on Jesy’s mental health
Painful: Jesy has spoken candidly about her mental health battles and revealed in her 2019 BBC documentary, Odd One Out, that she attempted suicide after being subjected to trolling
The post came after Nicki also took a not-so subtle swipe at Leigh-Anne in which she accused the singer of only speaking out about blackfishing now that Jesy is no longer helping the band make money.
Nicki posted: ‘Don’t call things out when they benefit your personal vendetta to ppl. Call them out immediately once you see it chile. Don’t wait a decade after you’ve made millions with the person #BoyzOutNow.
‘When ppl can’t get money with you they always try to stop your bag. Well only the corny ones chile #BoyzOutNow going live in one hour.
‘Jesy! We got all these #Jelly btchs actin real MESSY!!!!! Stop it miss gorl Flag of United Kingdom going live in one hour on IG to get into sum thangz [sic]’.
Eek: The post came after Nicki took a swipe at Leigh-Anne in which she accused the singer of only speaking out about blackfishing now that Jesy is no longer helping the band make money
Ouch: Nicki accused Leigh-Anne of trying to ruin Jesy’s new solo career and branded the new mother and the rest of Little Mix ‘jealous miserable clowns’
The row has stemmed from a string of leaked messages released by influencer NoHun, in which Leigh-Anne allegedly accused Jesy of ‘blackfishing’ with her new music video.
Three years ago Jesy was first accused of cultural appropriation when she sported braids in her hair in a photo posted to Instagram, which was later deleted.
She came under fire yet again after releasing the music video to her new single, Boyz – a remake of Diddy’s 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track.
Addressing the claims in an interview with Vulture, Jesy claimed that she was never targeted with ‘blackfishing’ claims while she was in Little Mix and has only faced such criticism following her departure from the girlband.
‘I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t,’ she said, defended herself from the accusations.
‘But I mean, like, I love Black culture. I love Black music. That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on.’
Blackfishing? Jesy was accused of blackfishing after releasing the music video to her single, Boyz – a remake of Diddy’s 2001 video Bad Boy For Life, which she samples in her new track
What is ‘blackfishing’?
A newly coined phrase in 2018, ‘blackfishing’ describes someone who pretends to be black on social media for social or financial gain – using make-up, hairstyles, or even surgery to alter their appearance and adopt characteristics typically associated with women of colour.
The term came to prominence after a post calling out the ‘alarming’ amount of ‘white girls cosplaying as black women on Instagram’ was liked nearly 50,000 times on Twitter.
It prompted users to flood the thread with before and after snaps revealing drastic changes to certain influencers’ appearance.
Jesy’s Boyz collaborator Nicki stood up for Jesy during an Instagram live stream by saying: ‘Bringing someone down is clown behaviour. […] Why didn’t they say anything when [Jesy] was in the band. All of a sudden [Jesy] is not in the band anymore. They have something to say about it.’
Nicki went on: ‘Sweetheart take them f****** text messages and shove it up your a**.. Don’t come out and ruin anyone.’
Jesy, who had stayed silent throughout Nicki’s tirade, laughed at this before the Superbass singer added: ‘Only jealous people do things like this. It makes you a big jealous bozo. I love you guys but please don’t do this. Let these people be miserable all by themselves.’
Shock swipe: Jesy’s Boyz collaborator Nicki stood up for Jesy amid the blackfishing row during an Instagram live stream on Monday
Nicki also said: ‘A lot of women tan, get bigger lips and get stuff done to themselves’ in reference to the blackfishing accusation.
Defending herself, Jesy spoke up and said: ‘I just personally want to say, it was never intention to offend people of colour with this video – this is what I grew up with.
‘In my opinion, 90/00s R’n’B is the best era of music. I just wanted to celebrate that. My intentions were never to offend anyone. It really hurts me that I have hurt people’s feelings.’
Speaking out: Leigh-Anne allegedly accused Jesy of blackfishing in messages to influencer NoHun – who shared the exchange on his Instagram Story
She then went onto reveal that she didn’t even have any fake tan on in the music video, which was released in conjunction with the new song.
Jesy said that she had a natural tan from being in Antigua a few weeks prior to the shoot, and she even claimed that Leigh-Anne once asked her if she was sure she wasn’t mixed race because she tanned so easily in the sun.
She went on: ‘I have naturally curly hair. In this industry if you keep putting s*** on your hair it gets damaged. I wanted to get a wig that emulated my hair for the video.’
Shocking: It has since been reported that Jesy (left) was ‘warned by Leigh-Anne not to use fake tan because it’s offensive to black people’
Nicki collaborated with Little Mix back in 2018 on the song Woman Like Me, but this fact did not feature heavily in the conversation between the two on the livestream.
The livestream came amid claims that Leigh-Anne had previously warned Jesy that she was blackfishing – with claims that Leigh-Anne told her not to make her skin appear darker so she didn’t offend people of colour.
Leigh-Anne has both Barbadian and Jamaican heritage and reports from The Sun claim that she was outraged by Jesy’s choice of hairstyles and decision to wear layers of fake tan.
Opinionated: Nicki went on, ‘Sweetheart take them f****** text messages and shove it up your a**.. Don’t come out and ruin anyone’
Reportedly, this drove a wedge between the women. A source told the publication: ‘Leigh-Anne had a conversation with Jesy, trying to explain why she was upset and why it could be offensive. She felt she had to address it while making her racism documentary, but it apparently fell on deaf ears.’
‘For Jesy to now claim that it has never been mentioned to her before is really rude. It’s upsetting she hasn’t taken any of this on board.’
Defence: Jesy defended herself against blackfishing, saying .’I just personally want to say, it was never my intention to offend people of colour with this video – this is what I grew up with’
Earlier On Monday, Leigh-Anne allegedly claimed that and her bandmates did not unfollow the star on Instagram as has been widely reported but were instead blocked by Jesy.
A slew of messages to NoHun saw Leigh-Anne insist that ‘no one knows anything’ when it comes to the fallout and that she was ‘raging’.
The leaked messages showed Leigh-Anne replying to NoHun’s poll, asking whether he should create a dance routine to Jesy’s debut solo single Boyz.
Old pals? Nicki collaborated with Little Mix back in 2018 on the song Woman Like Me, but this fact did not feature heavily in the conversation between the two on the livestream
Leigh-Anne appeared to respond telling him ‘no’, leading to a shocked No Hun replying: ‘Omg Leigh-Anne I thought you were all okay. Wtf (sic).’
Leigh-Anne then continued: ‘Do a video about her being a blackfish instead… She blocked us. Cut us off.’
A second slew of messages saw Leigh-Anne insist that ‘no one knows anything’ when it comes to the fallout and that she was ‘raging’.
Leaked: Influencer NoHun (pictured) shared a slew of messages that he claims were between himself and Leigh-Anne before blasting the star for asking him to do her ‘dirty work’ and make a video about blackfishing
The claims that Jesy blocked her bandmates on social media come following reports that Leigh-Anne, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall had unfollowed Jesy on social media a day after she dropped her first single Boyz, featuring rappers Nicki Minaj and Diddy.
As well as the singer’s personal accounts, an Instagram account for Perrie’s dog Hatchi also unfollowed Jesy.
The official Little Mix Instagram account does appear to still be following Jesy, however.
NoHun has since deleted the exchange from Instagram, but shared a TikTok video in which he accused Leigh-Anne of asking him to do the band’s ‘dirty work’ with her request that he make a video about blackfishing.
He said: ‘I don’t think it’s appropriate for a member of Little Mix to message me after I posted a video dancing to the new Jesy Nelson song, saying that I should make a video about her being a blackfish instead.
‘So you want me to create content that you know is going to incite hatred and bullying to a person who has been so open and honest and vocal about how trolling has affected their mental health?’
Feuding? The exchange surfaced following reports the Little Mix girls had unfollowed Jesy a day after she released her debut single (pictured above Jade, Perrie and Leigh-Anne)
Little Mix were put together on the X Factor in 2011 and had global fame with many of their hits – before Jesy suddenly left the band back in December 202O, citing her mental health, before going on to launch her solo career.
Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne are continuing as Little Mix as a trio following Jesy’s shock departure last year.
While Jesy has opened up about the lack of contact she has had with the band since leaving, the rest of the girls have remained tight-lipped over her departure.
Shunned? Little Mix didn’t appear to acknowledge Jesy’s single and were instead seen promoting a limited edition of their own record Between Us
Speaking to Glamour magazine, she claimed: ‘I haven’t spoken to the girls. It is weird because for so many years we were as close as sisters, together every hour of the day for weeks, sharing beds, laughing, crying just 24/7 the four of us together and then… Nothing.’
Jesy announced her departure from the group one year after filming a BBC documentary Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, in which she revealed she had attempted to take her own life after years of relentless trolling and abuse.
While she has spoken now about her relief at being free of comparisons from the other girls, Little Mix have continued as a threesome.
In August, Leigh-Anne welcomed twins with her footballer boyfriend Andre Gray while five days later, Perrie introduced her baby son Axel to the road with her partner, footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
When asked if she had seen the tots, she said: ‘No. I’ve sent a few texts, but that’s it. I can’t explain it, it’s like there has to be this distance…
‘We were so close so you can’t do in-between, there has to be space and hopefully… Hopefully at some point in the future we can all come back together. I love them. They are my sisters in so many ways, but for the time being we just don’t talk.’
Jesy explained that the pressure of being compared to ‘these three naturally gorgeous, super teeny-tiny girls’ was crippling.
On dealing with being around the other girls, Jesy recently told Fearne Cotton’s podcast on her Happy Place podcast: ‘To be compared every single day to three other girls was draining, and I couldn’t deal with that anymore…
‘And I think a lot of people have misconstrued what I meant in my statement, they’re like oh, so now she’s going solo. I never said in my statement, I’m coming out of the music industry, I’m not going to do music anymore…
‘I said, I’m just going to start a new chapter of my life, I just want to make myself happy. I don’t know what that’s going to be, but I need to look after myself now, make myself feel better again.’
Way back when: Little Mix were put together on the X Factor in 2011 and had global fame with many of their hits – before Jesy suddenly left the band back in December
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