There has been a lot of talk around former Little Mix member Jesy Nelson after her first single as a solo artist came out on Friday. After setting aside the song and music video for “Boyz,” starring Nicki Minaj, conversations about black fishing, cultural appropriation, and fetishism began, but these conversations are some of the issues that popular culture has to deal with in general.
By context, Jesy used to be part of the British girls group until she left late last year because she wasn’t happy in the band. Jesy’s solo debut was an opportunity to make her own statement to the industry and, disappointing as it may be, it’s no surprise, especially when pop culture has been filled with so many examples of black culture and s ‘have used creatives as a plan, without the deserved merit, recognition or respect.
There’s no denying that Jesy’s music video is a pivot of what she did with Little Mix. He has a strong influence on R&B, and with a feature film by Nicki and a cameo by Diddy, it’s obvious there would be. Still, it’s no excuse to use black women as a costume. Dark brown, big, curly hair, and frequent use of blaccent is where black fishing comes into play, but racial insensitivity doesn’t stop there. The same song talks about how much a “bad” boy likes it, as he is surrounded by black men. Here are some more lyrics:
I have a bit of an attitude, but I think it’s a little nice
So hood, so good, so damn taboo
This not only fetishizes black men, but also perpetuates a dangerous stereotype of the “bad” black men we have seen over and over again in society. This stereotype has even led to the death of black men. As much as someone might say, “It’s just a song” or “Don’t take it seriously,” it doesn’t make you disappear. Musicians like Jesy have the ability to influence, because that’s their job, so when they play a black girl while she sings how much she likes a “hooded” boy, there are people who feel validated according to their own points of view. sight, which leads to actions. . Dave Chappelle’s recent special comedy, full of attacks on the LGBTQ + community, is another example of how artists can be directly involved in real-world damage. as explained in a twitter thread by Netflix senior software engineer Terra Field, who is an openly trans woman.
Jesy has been called to present herself as racially ambiguous in the past, and has recently spoken out in his interview with Vulture, saying he did not receive any of these complaints when he was in the band. When you’re in a band, you’re not your own person. You have to be willing to create a mutual identity, so that Jesy leaves the band and receives more complaints just proves that this is an issue he needs to address. Unfortunately, his actions have not shown a real promise of being better for the future, and there don’t seem to be enough influential people telling him to have responsibilities around him. Instead, these people tell him to defend himself, one of these is Nicki Minaj.
Jesy and Nicki discussed the reaction in an hour of live Instagram where they dismissed any claim that he was fishing in black and shattered Little Mix member Leigh-Anne for ruling out Jesy’s behavior. Jesy went on to explain herself defending her actions with a more questionable phrasing, such as how she is “as lucky as a white girl that when I’m in the sun I get so dark.” To refer to being lucky enough to tan as dark as if it were a fresh aesthetic you can achieve when you want it doesn’t feel right to me when you look at black people, harass them and kill them for the color of their skin . His defense shows how he still doesn’t understand the problem at hand and will most likely continue to present himself as he is.
But the most annoying thing about this is that even though a black woman, who was also so close to Jesy, told him that what she is doing is not right, she refuses to listen and nods as Nicki goes tell Leigh-Anne he was “a great jealous.” bozo ”. Nicki and Jesy’s argument that Leigh-Anne doesn’t say anything until recently doesn’t hold because she doesn’t recognize the action. Instead, he repeats the blame to whoever he was trying to help. Another important thing to keep in mind is that it should never be the duty or obligation of a black person to educate those around them. It’s exhausting, exhausting, and even more of a burden for disrespectful communities. Leigh-Anne saying something is a favor. This response to Nicki’s continual fucking with Leigh-Anne says all I feel:
Leigh has suffered VERY FREAKING bc from the racism that JESY NEVER faced once in his life. NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT JELOUSY BABE
– Sam Luz -TAROT GAME (@samguaja) October 12, 2021
When I first saw Nicki knocking down another black woman to call a problem she was in the same community with, I felt confused and really disappointed, especially when she called other people to harass Jesy. She is a hypocrite. It’s also important to keep in mind that Nicki can’t speak for the entire black community just because she’s black. If such an overwhelming amount of people have expressed their disappointment at Jesy’s behavior, but she listens to whoever tells her it’s just jealousy, I think that says enough about what Jesy’s real thoughts are on all of this.
Many celebrities have been involved in black fishing and cultural appropriation and have been successful because of it. Kylie Jenner, Bebe Rexha and Ariana Grande they are just to name a few. However, with all these cases, very little change or action is being taken to combat it. Instead, it can be tidied up with a “I would never do it” statement until they do it again. While that’s not an excuse for Jesy’s behavior, it’s just another look at how those in the bubble of fame live. ignorance is happiness lifestyle because it gives them money, opinions and relevance. Looking deeper, it also perpetuates the erasure of black people from our own cultures and the vigilance of what makes us who we are in a way that will bring us down if we do and elevate it if Kylie it does. As Kim manages to bring cornrows to the red carpet, there are black children who receive recrimination at school because your hair style used to protect your coils is against the rules.
That is why black fishing must end. It is old, exhausting and dangerous. The line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation is not at all fine. It’s just a matter of listening to and applying what blacks have been saying for hundreds of years.