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.
Jesy Nelson is being accused of blackfishing after the release of the music video for "Boyz."
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.
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 is standing up for Jesy Nelson amid the blackfishing claims.
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 the new single and the claims of Jesy blackfishing. In the Live, the femcee openly supported Jesy and called out her former bandmates for attacking Jesy since they are no longer in a group together. She also threw major shade about alleged text messages spread by former group members to harm Jesy’s career.
“When you try and bring somebody down because you see them trying to pursue their passion and make money to feed their families, you are a clown,” Nicki said. “If you’ve ever done business with someone then you hold a text message and say, ‘When they try to do something else or move on with their life, I’m going to put this text message out and I’m going to end them,’ you’ve already ended your f---ing self.”
Keep in mind, Jesy walked away from Little Mix in Dec. 2020, due to the group taking a toll on her mental health. And it appears to some that Jesy continuing to pursue her career has rubbed her former group members the wrong way.
As for the blackfishing scandal, Nicki sees nothing wrong with Jesy’s appearance.
“It’s a lot of women out here in the U.S. that tan, get bigger lips, get all types of s--t done to themselves,'' Nicki said in the Live. “I wear blonde hair down to my feet if I want to when I want to... Contacts, whatever."
Nicki shared that “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 makeup, your whatever, however the f--k you want to.”
Social media users have since been divided on the topic after Nicki shared her sentiments about Jesy's situation. However, there is a fine line between enjoying your body and going out of your way to look like a racial group you don’t belong to.