Last week former Little Mix member Jesy Nelson dropped the music video for her first solo single, “Boyz”, featuring Nicki Minaj. After its release, emergency room doctors reported a 57% rise in people Van Goghing their own ears off. And white Jesy faced accusations of blackfishing and appropriating Black culture. See: her darker skin tone, braided and beaded hairstyles, gold teeth, styling, street wear, “blaccent”, etc. Then some alleged DMs surfaced which showed Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock (who is Black) calling Jesy a “black fish” and “a horrible person.” But what does Jesy’s collaborator Nicki Minaj think of all this? Well, according to her and Jesy’s Instagram Live from last night, Nicki thinks the Little Mix girls are just jealous and Leigh-Anne should “take them text messages” and shove them up her “fucking ass.” As always, Nicki Minaj has given us a thoughtful, fully-researched take on a controversial issue.
OK, so I’ve heard of the British girl group Little Mix, but I didn’t know who Jesy Nelson was until last week. That’s when the former Little Mix-er released the video for her first solo single, “Boyz,” featuring Nicki Minaj. The song samples Diddy’s 2001 hit “Bad Boy for Life”, and the video is basically a gender-swapped recreation of the music video.
Diddy Love even makes a cameo (in the Ben Stiller/annoyed neighbor role). And while my first impression of “Boyz” was that it kinda sucked and I couldn’t understand a word Jesy was singing, I did not think it was problematic. Until I was informed that Jesy Nelson is not Black. Yep, the above photos are of a 30-year-old white British lady. Obviously, the people cried, “blackfishing!” And in an interview with Vulture, Jesy responded to the claims. Her defense is basically, “Huh? Wha? But I love Black culture.” Which is a pretty great excuse (if half your brains have been scooped out)!