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Doja Cat Drops A New Track & Has A Chat About Her Recent ‘Cancelling’

The internet moves fast but Doja Cat moves faster. After an intense racism controversy that saw the young rapper aggressively “cancelled” on social media last month, Doja has quietly made a return, well sort of quietly. Yesterday, she tweeted a link to a new track, saying “I made some more horny shit check it out.” Doja Cat’s new song is called “Unisex Freestyle,” and has the signature silly-smart Doja vibe fans love her for. (Or perhaps loved her for?)

It’s a short song throughout which she raps about being an equal opportunity gal: “I’m for all the ladies and gentleman/ I’m unisex, unisex.” She describes it on the Soundcloud link as, “just a pile of a poo poo honey.” In the midst of Pride Month, it might have been hailed as a bisexual anthem. Instead, her comments sections are filled with people duking it out over whether Doja Cat is a racist or a victim of quick-fire internet dog piles. Half of her replies are filled with people saying “we don’t forget,” while the others are defending her. “[People] want to see her lose so bad they took accusations and RAN with them without concrete proof,” wrote one Twitter user.

In case you missed the #DojaCatIsOverParty, one of the main accusations being levelled at Doja Cat is that she was and is an active member of racist chatrooms that are populated predominantly by white men who are alt-right white supremacists or incels. In an Instagram live she’s now refuted that, claiming that she’s only just realised how “stupid that narrative is.”

“My friends on Tinychat are not fucking white supremacists, they love me, I love them, they’re loving, and that’s it,” she said. “And you won’t find anything on them because you’re fucking stupid!”

Another “narrative” that Doja defenders put forward at the time was the Doja was merely young and insecure. “Doja was never cancelled. She’s a black woman who grew up on the internet and had to face racism and dealt with it in a you could say unhealthy way,” said one user. There could be a partial grain of truth here based on the one slim mention of her involvement in these online spaces as a teen in high school. Talking about her time in the chatroom, which she apparently used to skip school to hang out in, the singer explained that “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.”

Regardless, many still find it hard to get past her use of the racist phrase “Dindu Nuffin,” in her 2015 song of the same name. In her apology at the time, Doja Cat claimed that she was trying to reclaim the term from its use by white supremacist groups to mock Black people. For the moment, it seems like public sentiment has shifted back into her favour.

That said, the only substantial thing that proves is that the internet is a fickle beast.

Lead image via Instagram @dojacat.

Monisha is a writer with a background in publishing and digital media. A chronic Pisces, she’s into trying to be a better person and sparkling water.

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