Jesy has been battling by a storm of controversy since she launched her Boyz music video final week which many have branded culturally insensitive at finest – and cultural appropriation at worst
The autumn out between Jesy Nelson and her former Little Combine bandmates has reached a brand new degree as pals loyal to the band have began to unfollow the solo starlet.
An explosive debate has raged over the previous week after 30-year-old Jesy launched the music video for her debut solo single, Boyz.
The video is dripping with references to early naughties rap music movies – sparking accusations that Jesy is attempting to acceptable and capitalise on black tradition and black historical past for her personal acquire.
There have additionally been accusations that 30-year-old Little Combine star Leigh-Anne Pinnock hit out at Jesy by messaging a fan to request they make a video accusing the Boyz singer of ‘blackfishing’ – a from of cultural appropriation.
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Now a lot of music pals and collaborators who’ve labored with Little Combine over time seem to have given Jesy the chilly shoulder amid the continued backlash – as they seem to have began ‘unfollowing’ the star on-line.
The Solar experiences that fellow singer Anne Marie, who collaborated with the band on a tune referred to as Kiss My (Uh Oh): “has made it clear the place her allegiance lies” and has “unfollowed Jesy Nelson”.
The Solar additionally claims: “Paloma Religion and MNEK have supported the group publicly because the argument erupted.”
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Whereas it’s unclear precisely how Paloma has supported the women, hit music author MNEK drew consideration from followers when he praised black feminine musicians – whereas taking goal at white performers who get an excessive amount of credit score.
In a tweet points in celebration of Black Historical past Month – which takes place all through October – he wrote: “from the guts, I simply wanna take this time to advertise some proficient BLACK feminine artists who I really feel deserve extra of the shine than others (others being white individuals, sure, get uncomfortable) are getting.”
The tweet was issued simply hours after Jesy launched her music video – with many followers suggesting the star was taking goal on the newly solo singer, though MNEK didn’t make any direct reference to the previous Little Combine star.
One fan tweeted: “rattling @MNEK is so actual for tweeting all these proficient black artists throughout all this jesy nelson s**t.”
There had been earlier accusations that the Little Combine girls had unfollowed Jesy on social media – nevertheless unconfirmed ‘leaked’ DM messages from Leigh-Anne have advised the solo star truly blocked her former bandmates as a substitute.
Jesy’s Boyz collaborator, Nicki Minaj – who raps on the one – has defended the star amid the continued backlash.
The 38-year-old Trinidadian singer branded Little Combine “clowns” and accused them of being “jealous” of Jesy’s solo success.
Throughout a energetic Instagram Stay debate with Jesy, Nicki hit out at her former co-stars and her critics.
Whereas Jesy herself didn’t tackle the controversy with Leigh-Anne, she laughed when Nicki ranted towards her former bandmate.
In the meantime, Jesy herself has rejected the cultural appropriation claims made towards her, saying: “I am very conscious that I am a white British girl; I’ve by no means mentioned that I wasn’t.
“However I imply, like, I like Black tradition. I like Black music. That is all I do know; it is what I grew up on.”