Nicki Minaj comes to Jesy Nelson’s defense.
After dropping the video for her debut single “Boyz” on Friday, which features Nicki, the former Little Mix member was accused of blackfishing, a term referring to someone who darkens their skin to appear black or racially ambiguous. .
Amid the controversy, Jesy’s former Little Mix bandmates – Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall – appeared to be unfollowing her on Instagram. In alleged Instagram DMs to TikTok influencer NoHun, Leigh-Anne brought up the Blackfishing allegations and claimed that Jesy had blocked her.
Birmingham Tik Tok personality NoHun just ‘unmasked’ Leigh-Anne live for DMS about Jesy after he posted a tik-tok dancing to Boyz. Did Leigh lie??? I only see hard facts. pic.twitter.com/WA2OApH8ho
— Savi🍒 (@ItsSavlena) October 9, 2021
Jesy addressed Blackfishing’s claims in an interview with Vulture. “I am well aware that I am a white British woman; I never said I wasn’t,” she said, adding, “I take all those comments seriously. I would never intentionally do anything to make myself appear racially ambiguous, so that’s why I was initially shocked that the term was directed against me.”
While going live with Jesy on Instagram on Monday, Minaj defended her ‘Boyz’ associate against the allegations.
“What we won’t have is texting to try to ruin someone and tell people and influencers to talk bad about this girl,” she said. “I know singers who tan a lot… It’s their job. It’s their damn good. It’s different when someone comes out and pretends to be black.”
She continued: “Unless someone pretends to me they’re not a race they’re not and lies…and I could name a few people who have lied to you and told you they’re a certain race that they’re not. ”
Without naming names, Nicki seemingly slammed Leigh-Anne, who she teamed up with on Little Mix’s 2018 single “Woman Like Me”.
“Honey, text them and put it up your damn ass,” she said. ‘Cause if you do clown shit, I have to treat you and talk to you like you’re a clown. You don’t have to come and try to ruin someone. Let her enjoy this time. If you were in this woman’s group and you haven’t talked about this shit for 10 years and as soon as you see she put out a video with Nicki Minaj and Puffy, now you’re texting the stations and all this shit. ”
“Print them text messages, break your ass open, and shove it up your motherfu**in’ ass,” Nicki added. “And stop trying to hurt people and kill people’s lives and careers… If you want a solo career, girl, just say so.”
Don’t shout things out if they benefit your personal vendetta for ppl. Immediately call them out as soon as you see the Chili. Don’t wait a decade after making millions with the person 🤣 #BoyzOutNow https://t.co/SeXUPFxMyp
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) October 11, 2021
For her part, Jesy told Nicki that she never intended to offend anyone and just wanted to celebrate her love for ’90s R&B.
“I personally want to say that it was never my intention to offend people of color with this video and my song, because like I said, growing up as a young girl, this is the music I listened to,” she said. “These are the videos I watched and thought were the best. For me personally, the 90s R&B were the best years in music. I just wanted to celebrate that. I just want to celebrate that era of music is what I love love.”