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Doja Cat’s eccentric and sometimes bizarre personality has garnered significant attention. Unfortunately, her proclivity for embracing the unexpected has resulted in numerous controversies. Her journey has been marked by a series of offensive statements and behaviors, often accompanied by apologies that are later retracted.
Her controversies date back to 2014, when she partnered with Dr. Luke’s publishing company, persisting despite his sexual assault accusations from Kesha and Becky G. In 2015, Doja released a track titled Dindu Nuffin, a derogatory term frequently used to belittle Black victims of police brutality. In 2018, homophobic tweets resurfaced, including the use of the F-slur towards Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. She defended her use, claiming she had used it “roughly 15 thousand times.” In 2020, Doja was accused of using racial slurs and engaging in explicit acts on Tinychat, a platform attracting white supremacists, a fact she acknowledged.
This year, she’s come under fire for dating Twitch streamer J Cyrus, who has been accused of sexual harassment, abuse, and racism. She has also alienated her own fanbase by shaming them for the use of the name “Kittenz.” After being confronted, she doubled down on her remarks, labeling her fans as unemployed, creeps, and undeserving of her love. She lost 500K Instagram followers in the aftermath.
Another bold proclamation made earlier this year on Twitter concerned her own musical work. She dismissed her prior albums, Planet Her and Hot Pink, as mere “cash-grabs,” stating, “‘Now I can disappear somewhere and touch grass with my loved ones on an island while y’all weep for mediocre pop.” She pledged a return to the realm of rap music with improved verses.