Last month, former member of the girl group Little Mix, Jesy Nelson (the one looking Kardashian-esque in camo) was called out yet again for blackfishing, something she’s been called out for before. Jesy’s recent blackfishing antics happened in the video for Boyz which features Nicki Minaj. Nicki came to Jesy’s defense. But Jesy’s former groupmates did not. In an interview with The Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock revealed that when Jesy was still in the group, they politely had a little educational chat with her about the blackfishing.
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)!
The MTV European Music Awards were yesterday and the show was a virtual socially-distanced affair like most award shows these days. It was not held in one single city and instead film from locations all over the world. Even though award shows look different now the celebrities have quickly acclimatized and have started perfecting the green-screen red carpet. As such the celebs stunted from their mansions and garages and private islands (I’m just assuming) to serve award-show chic!
Advance apologies to our British readers, but I don’t know who any of your “celebrities” are unless they are Dames, Sirs, Katie Price or Idris Elba. I may have no idea who Rita Ora is, but ya’ll sure do know how to put the “F” in Fashion (if the F stands for “fuck is this?”). The Brit Awards, Britain’s equivalent to The Grammys, were last night and apparently, the theme for the red carpet was “Party at Party City“. There were enough pinatas, clown suits, vinyl tablecloths, crepe paper ruffles, and discounted Halloween costumes on display to stock every single party store in Britain for the next millennium. Above is noted (somewhere) fabric sculptor and designer Daniel Lismore, who’s ready to serve as the punch bowl at your next Luau/Red Wedding themed get-together.