Doja Cat has had a tumultuous last few days that some say may be the end of her career as we know it. Over the past few days, #OnlyKlans, #DojaKKKat, #DojaCatIsOverParty and #WeAreSorryDojaCat were all trending. It all stems from reports and exposed old videos, pics and songs from her days on tiny chat alleging that she was hanging out with racists and alt-right crews.
She has had to fess up to it and apologized via Instagram. She also tried to make her case in a video on Monday night that seemed to only make things worse for her and put a bigger target on her past actions.
This all makes us wonder: is this the end of Doja Cat, even as she is fresh off of a number one hit?
How did we get here? Hit the flip to find out.
1. Over the weekend, old screenshots and videos from Doja Cat appearing in chatrooms with alleged racist trolls and spouting the N-word with the hard R. These seemed to come out of nowhere, too.
2. Then a song from 2015 called “Dindu Nuffin” surfaced. The phrase is a chatroom slur used for Black people who say they were victims of police brutality. Doja targeted Sandra Bland with the song.
“It was written in response to people who often used that term to hurt me,” she said in an apology. “I made an attempt to flip its meaning, but recognize that it was a bad decision to use the term in my music.”
3. Initially she apologized with this long IG post: “I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone I offended.”
4. But back in December in an interview with Paper Magazine, she talked about her love for these chatrooms:
But, Doja confesses, underlying all of her online activities was a near-“religious” obsession with a chatroom — which she declines to name or share any further details about, citing the fact that “people are fucking crazy” and will try to hunt it down — that she still frequents to this day.
According to Doja, she’d skip school for days at a time, holed up in her bedroom and hanging in the chatroom. She’d spend endless amounts of time engaging in the “light-hearted play-fighting” that was the predominant mode of communication in the chat.
“People would pick on me and use horrible, horrible language, just the worst, and I just didn’t understand why people were so crazy on there,” Doja says. Rather than leaving the chat room, she instead developed a thick skin and eventually joined in on the fun via her own “offensive” rhetoric. “So I became the person who would make offensive jokes and do things sort of out of the box.”
5. Over the last couple of days, a couple of hashtags went viral. One of them was “Only Klans” and it was all full of jokes. Things got ugly very fast.
6. This also came with the hashtag #DojaKKKat that had its fair share of comical and messed up tweets.
7. An odd “We Are Sorry Doja Cat” hashtag also quizzically came about mostly powered by bots and low-count Twitter pages. That didn’t last long but it was certainly interesting.
8. She went on an apology rant last night and it went just as poorly as you thought it would. Whoops.