Doja Cat has responded to accusations of racism following social media posts claiming she participated in alt-right chatrooms.
Over the weekend, the rapper came under fire after videos and screengrabs of her talking to people in alt-right chatrooms emerged. At the same time, a song that she had written in 2015 that used an anti-black trope in its title also resurfaced. That soon led to hashtags like #DojaCatIsOverParty and #OnlyKlans to begin trending on Twitter, with users criticizing Doja for her behavior.
On Sunday, Doja took to Instagram to deny the allegations, saying she had “never been involved in any racist conversations.” “I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites but I personally have never been involved,” she wrote. “I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”
Doja then went on to express her regrets and apologized for releasing the controversial song years ago. The rapper, who noted she is half-black with South African heritage, said that the track “was in no way tied to anything outside of my own experience.” “It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me,” she wrote. “I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use that term in my music.”
The rapper continued, “I understand my influence and impact and I’m taking this all very seriously. I love you all and I’m sorry for upsetting or hurting any of you.”
Earlier this month, Doja Cat made history on Billboard’s Hottest 100 after her “Say So” remix featuring Nicki Minaj became the first song by female solo rappers to top the chart. She also recently teamed up with The Weeknd for a rework of the latter’s After Hours cut, “In Your Eyes.”
Read Doja’s full statement below: