Jesy Nelson opposes black fishing allegations in her music video
Jesy Nelson faced a wave of backlash after dropping the music for her debut single.
The former Little Mix member launched her solo career after leaving the girl group last year and there has been a lot of hype surrounding her song “Boyz”.
Many have accused the British Caucasian artist of black fishing, that is, “when white public figures, influencers and others do everything in their power to appear black”.
Minutes after the music video for “Boyz” was released, there were plenty of comments on social media about how Jesy seemed to have changed her appearance to suit the aesthetic of the song.
She has now been asked in an interview with Vulture about the issue of black-fishing and she disagrees with the comments.
“The whole time I was in Little Mix, I never got any of that stuff. And then I got out of [the band] and all of a sudden people were saying it. I wasn’t on social media at the time, so I left my team [deal with it], because that was when I had just left, ”said the artist.
“But I mean, I love black culture. I love black music. That’s all I know; that’s what I grew up on. I’m very aware that I’m a white British woman. ; I never said I wasn’t. ”
She was also questioned about allegations that her Instagram account deleted negative comments referring to moonlighting.
Jesy responded by saying that her management team was taking care of it and that she was trying to spend as little time as possible on social media in order to protect her sanity.
The allegations of black-fishing in her recent clip are even more damning given that she was only questioned on the matter by the Guardian in August.
She responded to social media comments on how she presented herself saying it was news to her.
“I would never want to offend anyone, and it was really upsetting. I didn’t know that was how people felt,” she said.