Nicki Minaj Goes After Little Mix Amid Blackfishing Backlash Against Jesy Nelson

Nicki Minaj made it loud and clear that she stands by Jesy Nelson after she’s faced accusations of Blackfishing.

The accusations of Blackfishing — levied against non-Black influencers and celebrities when they alter their appearances to look Black when they’re not — against Nelson arose following her hip-hop-leaning debut solo single “Boyz,” featuring Minaj, and its accompanying music video, which features her spray tan, multiple wigs, fuller lips and what some have called a “Blaccent” when she sings, “So ‘hood, so good, so damn taboo.” Nelson — a white British woman who left Little Mix, one of the best-selling U.K. girl groups, in December 2020 after nearly a decade, citing mental health reasons — recently revealed she hasn’t spoken to the group’s remaining members since her departure.

U.K. musician and comedian NoHun claimed on his Instagram Story and later on TikTok that Leigh-Anne Pinnock, the only Black member of Little Mix, had allegedly sent him DMs about Nelson blocking her, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards on the social media app (after reports claimed they had all unfollowed her the day after her “Boyz” single dropped) and suggesting he make a video about her “being a black fish.”

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