JoJo Siwa Says She Wasn’t Invited To The Kids’ Choice Awards This Year
JoJo Siwa is a name that might not mean too much if you’re of the age where you’re familiar with doing your taxes or renting a car, but she’s a huge deal to those who still have to raise their hand and request a hall pass to go to the bathroom. JoJo recently cut off her scalp-tugging ponytail into a very short look. And any of JoJo’s fans who were hoping to see what she would do with that new ‘do on the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards red carpet over the weekend were sorely disappointed. The KCAs were held on Saturday, but the former queen of Nickelodeon was nowhere to be seen. And when asked where JoJo was, JoJo simply responded that she wasn’t invited and that she too had no idea why she wasn’t there.
18-year-old JoJo Siwa has been a big part of the orange blimp network for a good chunk of her career. She’s appeared on numerous Nick shows, most recently appearing as herself on the Nickelodeon show The Substitute back in 2020. She’s also a six-time Kids’ Choice Award nominee and four-time winner. Are the Kids’ Choice Awards not like the Oscars? Apparently being the Meryl Streep of the KCAs doesn’t guarantee you an open invite for future ceremonies. Zero loyalty when it comes to the KCAs, just none. People reports that on Saturday evening, the same night the KCAs were held, JoJo addressed her absence in an Instagram video, after many fans were left wondering why she wasn’t there at the show. JoJo stated that she didn’t get an invite and that she’s not sure why that was.
“A lot of you have been asking me why I’m not at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards tonight, and the answer is very simple – I wasn’t invited. I’m not sure why, but I just didn’t get an invite.”
JoJo was up for one award this year, Favorite Social Music Star. So it seemed more than a little suspect that she wasn’t invited. Many were quick to speculate that JoJo’s invite snub was the result of some homophobic type in charge of the guest list. JoJo tip-toed out of the closet about a year ago, she made history as part of the first same-sex partnership on Dancing With the Stars, and she wasn’t exactly hiding her girlfriend (although they have since reportedly broken up). And then there was JoJo’s haircut, which pretty much confirmed she was no longer the spunky ponytailed sweetheart from Dance Moms. Naturally, the internet got suspicious and let their feelings be known.
jojo siwa not getting invited to the nickelodeon kids choice awards — after being the face of that network for years — right after coming out and cutting her hair makes my homophobia siren ring
— matt (@mattxiv) April 10, 2022
you’re telling me that jojo siwa, the literal face for the kids choice awards for YEARS, wasn’t invited this year which so happens to be the year she has come out about her sexuality and cut her hair short… hm yeah ok nickelodeon you’re not very slick.
— mils ✩˚.⋆ (@thelorebitch) April 11, 2022
you cannot convince me otherwise that jojo siwa not getting an invite to the kids choice awards was a blatant act of homophobia. they can come up with reasons all they want but I simply won’t listen. SHE WAS NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN
— noelle ❤︎ (@noelledero) April 10, 2022
Many others pointed out that the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards not inviting JoJo, but having more grown-up performers like Jack Harlow and Kid Cudi, made even less sense, considering this is an awards show for kids. So did Nickelodeon toss JoJo’s invitation into the paper shredder because they were afraid she was going to rainbow-up their (deep throat-clearing sound) “family friendly” awards show? It kind of looks like it. But there might be a more simple explanation. Last September, JoJo publicly called out Nickelodeon while on her D.R.E.A.M. Tour which was sponsored by Nickelodeon. JoJo dragged the network for withholding several songs she recorded from a Nickelodeon movie called The J Team. JoJo wanted to perform the songs on tour, but Nickelodeon told her no because the songs belonged to them. That’s when she accused Nickelodeon of treating her more like “a brand” and not “a real human being.”
If Nickelodeon is the type to hold a grudge, then that could be why JoJo didn’t get invited to the Kids’ Choice Awards. It looks like SpongeBob is the only queer-ish network star they’re cool with now. But so help SpongeBob if he attempts to launch his own line of grocery store freezer chest Krabby Patties – you don’t fuck with the blimp’s bottom line!