Leave it to Cancel Culture and Doja Cat would have been out of here a while ago. However, the “Say So” rapper has prevailed and continues to see massive success. Her latest album Planet Her debuted at number 2 on the Billboard charts, while the singles have all so far seen high heights on the “Hot 100”. Although she’s one of the world’s hottest acts at the moment, Doja Cat revealed that she still faces a lot of adversity stemming from the fact that she’s a female rapper.
Born Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, Doja Cat faced the heat from Black Twitter and Cancel Culture after she was accused of a racist past. The hashtag “#DojaCatIsOver” began to swiftly trend on social media, but soon the trend would be reversed as “#WeAreSorryDoja” and “#DojaCatIsNOTOver” sprung up on Twitter. The “Kiss Me More” rapper also issued an apologetic statement to explain all that transpired.
“I want to address what’s been happening on Twitter,” wrote Doja, according to Complex. “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 in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to anyone I offended.”
She continued, “I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from. 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. That’s not my character and I’m determined to show that to everybody moving forward. Thank you.”
Recently she spoke with Nick Cannon and discussed the effects of Cancel Culture and she feels one could properly deal with the circumstances. “There [are] times where people will understand you’re apologetic, or they don’t have to accept your apology at all, which is completely fair,” Doja said in the interview. “But it’s how you handle it and I think that if you are combative against people who are continuously trying to tear you down, it doesn’t benefit you or the other people.”
Doja also expressed her experiences with misogyny in the entertainment industry, sharing that despite what many may think or what’s being perceived, female rappers are still not viewed as equals.