Singer, songwriter, rapper and producer Doja Cat, born Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, was a relative unknown in the music industry a couple of weeks ago. The 22-year-old has been working in the music industry since 2014, but after her lighthearted parody song “Mooo!” went viral, where she was rapping and singing as a cow, she became something of an overnight Internet sensation.
But as you know, one day you’re in and the next you’re out. And just like that, Doja Cat is already on her way out.
When you get any level of Internet fame, people start digging through your social media presence to see if you’ve said anything hateful or problematic over the past few years. With Doja Cat, they found that she used homophobic slurs.
In 2015, Doja repeatedly used the word f****t. First, in describing Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.
When a fan asked her what that tweet was about, she responded with this:
I don’t have to explain to you the hurtful nature of this word. So many members of the LGBTQ+ community have had that word hurled at them in an attempt to shame and demean. And several people were willing to call her out for her usage of it and then subsequent dismissal of the impact it has on others.
After the backlash, she issued an explanation.
Naturally, people were fuming at the fact that she used the slur again in her apology. Debra Messing, star of Will and Grace, even shared her thoughts.
Later, she offered this one:
Finally, she settled on this one:
“I’ve used horrible derogatory and hateful words towards people out of ignorance. I just want you guys to know that you’re incredibly special and I hold you dearly to my heart. I’m sorry for anyone I’ve offended or hurt deeply. You all are worth love and support. No one deserves to be discriminated against for their race, religion, or sexual orientation in any angle or sense. I don’t want you to look at me as a roll [sic] model I just want you to hear my music and the joy that you take from that is the most important part. I love making music with you. Thank you for everything to this day.”
But given her initial response and the fact that people had to tell her using the f-word in an “apology” made it appear less sincere and disingenuous, she’s been canceled by quite a few people already.