Doja Cat is speaking out about the effects of cancel culture.
The Planet Her rapper is no stranger to controversy. Last year, she faced backlash after she was accused of participating in racist conversations online.
Speaking with Nick Cannon, who has his own experiences with cancel culture, Doja was asked how she deals with the fallout in the wake of the controversy.
“If it’s something that’s hurtful towards people, you apologize for it and you grow and you move on,” she said. “But then there is times where people will understand you’re apologetic—or they don’t have to accept your apology at all, which is completely fair—but it’s how you handle it and I think that if you are combative against people who are continuously trying to tear you down, it doesn’t benefit you or the other people.”
“People want to see everyone lose. The chaos is entertaining, is it not?” Doja added. “It happens but people have good reason to be upset sometimes and people have no reason to be upset sometimes.”
However, she chooses to fight hate with love. “If you love someone back who hates you, we all win because that person then learns that you are capable of love and you both can share it at some point,” she said. “Some people take a longer time to realize that it doesn’t benefit them to hold on to something that stresses them deeply and not learn that the world is ever evolving.”
Back in May 2020, Doja came under fire for racist comments she allegedly made in online chatrooms. She also recorded a song in 2015 called “Dindu Nuffin,” a racist slur mocking victims of police brutality. She later addressed the controversy after the #DojaCatIsOverParty hashtag began trending on Twitter.
Following Nick Cannon’s interview on Monday, Doja sent out a cryptic tweet that some believe was aimed at the father of seven.
If you’re gonna interview musicians try to ask them about their music.
— PLANET HER (@DojaCat) July 19, 2021