On Jesy Nelson, “Blackfishing,” and Discourse Deja Vu

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Teen Vogue 12 October, 2021 - 07:21am

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While the royal family has failed to condemn Andrew’s alleged actions so far, a new report from The Times of London suggests that the royal family doesn’t intend to arrange any sort of return to royal life for Prince Andrew, and that the push to separate his reputation from the family is coming from one royal in particular: Prince William.

“There is no way in the world he’s ever coming back, the family will never let it happen,” one source told The Times. Prince William’s feelings toward his uncle, however, go far beyond the responsibility and sanctity of royal duty.

Tensions are reportedly still high between Prince Harry and Prince William. https://t.co/EYb2bfmHTO

— SheKnows (@SheKnows) October 4, 2021

According to this source, Prince William is “no fan of Uncle Andrew,” while a second source claimed that Prince Andrew is seen as “ungracious and ungrateful” when it comes to his status as a member of the royal family. The second source reports that Prince William ultimately sees his uncle as a “threat to the family.”

It isn’t just the allegations that seem to be getting to Prince William, but the suggestion that Andrew isn’t grateful for the protection and privilege that his royal status has afforded him.

Depending on when William ascends the throne, particularly if rumors about his father, Prince Charles, being side-stepped come to fruition (unlikely to happen, at best), he clearly has a vision for what the monarchy should look like — and it does not include Prince Andrew.

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A Breakdown Of What Happened On Jesy Nelson & Nicki Minaj's Instagram Live

Bustle 12 October, 2021 - 09:58am

The hour-long chat has caused backlash after Minaj took aim at Nelson's former bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

The messages, which allegedly described Nelson as “horrible” and further accused the singer of blackfishing, prompted Minaj to called Pinnock a “jealous bozo” among other insults.

But what exactly was said during this Instagram Live, and what was the reaction? Here’s the controversy explained.

For the past few years, there has been a series of discussions surrounding Nelson and blackfishing (a phenomenon in which white people alter their appearance and behaviour to resemble those of Black or mixed-race people).

In August 2021, the issue was brought up during an interview with the Guardian, in which Nelson said, “I would never want to offend anyone, and that was really upsetting.” She added, “I wasn’t aware that’s how people felt.”

In October, Nelson gave a similar answer to Vulture and said that she had a love for Black music and Black culture. “That’s all I know; it’s what I grew up on,” she said. “I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman; I’ve never said that I wasn’t.”

In a follow-up email to Vulture, Nelson added that she would “never do intentionally do anything to make myself look racially ambiguous.

When the “Boyz” video was released on October 8, accusations of blackfishing began to pour in once again, with viewers questioning the singer’s appearance and the aesthetic choices within the video, as well as the song’s lyrics.

Nelson and Minaj met via Instagram Live on October 11 to discuss their new collaboration and to promote “Boyz”. However, before the stream ended, Minaj decided to address the blackfishing accusations against and discuss a string of alleged messages sent by Leigh-Anne Pinnock to an influencer called nohun_. Bustle has reached out to a representative for Pinnock to ask about the alleged messages but did not hear back before the time of publication.

Minaj defended Nelson on the issue of blackfishing, stating “There’s a lot of women out here in the United States that tan, get bigger lips, get all types of s*** done to themselves. I wear straight blonde hair down to my feet when I want to, contacts… whatever. I do whatever the f*** I want. 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 make-up, how you want to.”

Although Minaj never mentioned Pinnock by name, fans were quick to pick up on who she was referring to. Speaking in the Live, Minaj said “In terms of this situation, I’ve seen so many people utilise situations when they felt it was beneficial to them. Certain people, who might be Black and white-mixed, and now you’re attempting to be, Black this, Black that, but you may not have been doing it seven, six, five years ago, but now it’s convenient. Whatever. But what we won’t have, is putting out text messages to try and ruin someone, and to get people and influencers to talk badly about this girl. I know singers that tan a lot. It’s their f***ing business, it’s their f***ing right. It’s different when someone comes out and pretends to be Black. That’s different, from someone who goes on the beach and tans or likes how they look tanned.”

She went on to add “Take them text messages and shove it up your f**king a**, because when you do clown s**t, I got to treat you and talk to you like a clown. You don’t have to try and come out and ruin anyone. Let her enjoy this time. If you was in this woman’s group and you ain’t talking about this s**t in 10 years, and as soon as you see she got a video coming out with Nicki Minaj and Puffy, now you sending the stations for text messages and all this s**t?”

Nelson addressed the blackfishing accusations also. Despite previously saying the other members of Little Mix had not raised the issue with her, she told Minaj, “I was in a group with two women of colour for nine years and it was never brought up to me up until the last music video that I did with them.” This would have been the video for “Sweet Melody” and it seems Nelson was about to say that it was Pinnock that messaged her about it before being cut off by Minaj.

Speaking specifically about “Boyz”, Nelson said, “When I was in the video, I didn’t even have any fake tan on. I’d be in Antigua prior to that for three weeks and I’m just really lucky as a white girl that when I’m in the sun, I tan so dark.” Nelson went on to say that Pinnock used to joke about this, asking her bandmate whether she was sure that she wasn’t mixed-race “because you go darker than me in the sun.”

After the Instagram Live was finished, Minaj took to Twitter to continue the discussion. Among a series of tweets, she wrote, “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.”

Bustle has reached out to representatives for both Nelson and Minaj to ask if there was any further comment on events that unfolded yesterday. We did not hear back before the time of publication.

Following the hour-long chat, social media was flooded with commentary, with fans divided on which singer to support. While some took issue with the alleged messages sent from Pinnock to nohun_, others called out Minaj and Nelson for “mocking” Pinnock publicly.

Jesy Nelson made an entire documentary on BBC about being kind and trolling online, but just sat and laughed as Nicki Minaj slated Leigh-Anne Pinnock to 100k viewers on a live,” TV blogger @RealityDazzle wrote. “That just not sit right with me.”

Journalist Moya Lothian-Mclean agreed, and added “I cannot stress how f***ed it is that somehow Leigh-Anne has been framed the villain in this situation ... She has said absolutely NOTHING and maintained a dignified silence in the face of her former bandmate constantly throwing s**t at her to boost her own career.”

Journalist Jason Okundaye also criticised the way “they’ve set up Leigh-Anne especially after she’s spoken so publicly about racist abuse” following another fan’s comment about her being a new mum.

Pinnock has been vocal in the past about racism directed towards her as the only Black girl in Little Mix and, in May 2021, she released a documentary discussing her experiences, called Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop, Power.

Nicki Minaj's take down of Leigh-Anne Pinnock sparks outrage

Newsweek 12 October, 2021 - 08:25am

Nelson and Minaj have just collaborated on a brand new single "Bad Boyz" which marks the U.K. singer's first solo song since departing the girl group Little Mix.

The group are huge in the United Kingdom and have been one of the country's biggest girl bands of the last decade.

Nelson famously left last year after releasing a documentary about the years of cyberbullying she suffered from the public while in a girl band.

However, the 30-year-old has long faced accusations of blackfishing—when a non-black person tries to appear Black or racially ambiguous—and her new video has seen those issues with excessive tanning and cultural appropriation brought to a whole new audience.

Nelson's former bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock, who is Black, has now been dragged into the situation after Minaj used the Instagram Live to lash out at Pinnock's criticism of Nelson.

During the Live, Nelson said never intended to cause offense and was intending to celebrate R&B and hip hop.

In her new video, she is heavily tanned and her hair is styled with wigs and braids, while some of her outfits include basketball shorts and gold teeth.

"I personally want to say that my intention was never, ever 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 that I listened to," Nelson said.

"I just wanted to celebrate that. I just wanted to celebrate that era of music because it is what I love."

The Live came after reports that Pinnock had warned her about blackfishing and unverified DMs purporting to be from her went viral.

Nelson added: "It's just hard for me because I was in a group with two women of color for nine years and it was never brought up to me up until the last music video I did with them."

She then laughed as Minaj went on a tirade against Pinnock whom she called a clown.

"If you was in this woman's group and you ain't talk about this s*** for 10 years, and as soon as you see she got a video coming out with Nicki Minaj and Puffy, now you sending text messages and all this s***... print those text messages out, bust your ass open and shove them up your motherf***ing ass," Minaj said.

"Stop trying to hurt people and kill people's lives and careers, this is the way people feed their families. Stop—if you want a solo career, baby girl, just say that," she added.

Minaj is now facing backlash for siding with Nelson over the blackfishing issue and dragging Pinnock in front of 100,000 people on Instagram Live.

"my girl leigh-anne has done NOTHING to nicki and yet she attacked her publicly in a drama she's not even a part of ?????," reads one tweet.

my girl leigh-anne has done NOTHING to nicki and yet she attacked her publicly in a drama she's not even a part of ?????

While another added: "Not Nicki painting Leigh-Anne as the angry, jealous black woman in order to help a white woman continue to be a culture vulture... This rrally the hill you wanna die on?"

Not Nicki painting Leigh-Anne as the angry, jealous black woman in order to help a white woman continue to be a culture vulture… This rrally the hill you wanna die on?

"Jesy sitting there quietly while Nicki Minaj talks shit about Leigh Anne the same way she sat there quietly while Leigh Anne was going through racism and hardships as a black woman," said another.

Jesy sitting there quietly while Nicki Minaj talks shit about Leigh Anne the same way she sat there quietly while Leigh Anne was going through racism and hardships as a black woman pic.twitter.com/53yS9nH0bs

While another tweet reads: "Jesy Nelson made an entire documentary about the importance of kindness and online trolling, but happily sat there and laughed as Nicki Minaj ripped Leigh-Anne Pinnock to shreds in front of 100k people on their Instagram live. That shit makes me uncomfortable."

Jesy Nelson made an entire documentary about the importance of kindness and online trolling, but happily sat there and laughed as Nicki Minaj ripped Leigh-Anne Pinnock to shreds in front of 100k people on their Instagram live. That shit makes me uncomfortable.

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Nicki Minaj's take down of Leigh-Anne Pinnock sparks outrage

The Guardian 12 October, 2021 - 08:25am

Nelson and Minaj have just collaborated on a brand new single "Bad Boyz" which marks the U.K. singer's first solo song since departing the girl group Little Mix.

The group are huge in the United Kingdom and have been one of the country's biggest girl bands of the last decade.

Nelson famously left last year after releasing a documentary about the years of cyberbullying she suffered from the public while in a girl band.

However, the 30-year-old has long faced accusations of blackfishing—when a non-black person tries to appear Black or racially ambiguous—and her new video has seen those issues with excessive tanning and cultural appropriation brought to a whole new audience.

Nelson's former bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock, who is Black, has now been dragged into the situation after Minaj used the Instagram Live to lash out at Pinnock's criticism of Nelson.

During the Live, Nelson said never intended to cause offense and was intending to celebrate R&B and hip hop.

In her new video, she is heavily tanned and her hair is styled with wigs and braids, while some of her outfits include basketball shorts and gold teeth.

"I personally want to say that my intention was never, ever 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 that I listened to," Nelson said.

"I just wanted to celebrate that. I just wanted to celebrate that era of music because it is what I love."

The Live came after reports that Pinnock had warned her about blackfishing and unverified DMs purporting to be from her went viral.

Nelson added: "It's just hard for me because I was in a group with two women of color for nine years and it was never brought up to me up until the last music video I did with them."

She then laughed as Minaj went on a tirade against Pinnock whom she called a clown.

"If you was in this woman's group and you ain't talk about this s*** for 10 years, and as soon as you see she got a video coming out with Nicki Minaj and Puffy, now you sending text messages and all this s***... print those text messages out, bust your ass open and shove them up your motherf***ing ass," Minaj said.

"Stop trying to hurt people and kill people's lives and careers, this is the way people feed their families. Stop—if you want a solo career, baby girl, just say that," she added.

Minaj is now facing backlash for siding with Nelson over the blackfishing issue and dragging Pinnock in front of 100,000 people on Instagram Live.

"my girl leigh-anne has done NOTHING to nicki and yet she attacked her publicly in a drama she's not even a part of ?????," reads one tweet.

my girl leigh-anne has done NOTHING to nicki and yet she attacked her publicly in a drama she's not even a part of ?????

While another added: "Not Nicki painting Leigh-Anne as the angry, jealous black woman in order to help a white woman continue to be a culture vulture... This rrally the hill you wanna die on?"

Not Nicki painting Leigh-Anne as the angry, jealous black woman in order to help a white woman continue to be a culture vulture… This rrally the hill you wanna die on?

"Jesy sitting there quietly while Nicki Minaj talks shit about Leigh Anne the same way she sat there quietly while Leigh Anne was going through racism and hardships as a black woman," said another.

Jesy sitting there quietly while Nicki Minaj talks shit about Leigh Anne the same way she sat there quietly while Leigh Anne was going through racism and hardships as a black woman pic.twitter.com/53yS9nH0bs

While another tweet reads: "Jesy Nelson made an entire documentary about the importance of kindness and online trolling, but happily sat there and laughed as Nicki Minaj ripped Leigh-Anne Pinnock to shreds in front of 100k people on their Instagram live. That shit makes me uncomfortable."

Jesy Nelson made an entire documentary about the importance of kindness and online trolling, but happily sat there and laughed as Nicki Minaj ripped Leigh-Anne Pinnock to shreds in front of 100k people on their Instagram live. That shit makes me uncomfortable.

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