When most individuals consider JoJo Siwa, they image an lively, younger woman rocking a excessive ponytail, a large bow, and a few kind of sparky, multi-colored outfit. Not, you already know, somebody who would have interaction in blackface — a follow with a darkish, extraordinarily racist previous for which celebrities have been getting canceled left and proper.
However alas, that is precisely the place the previous Dance Mothers star appears to have landed herself.
Did JoJo Siwa do blackface?
Though JoJo herself did not have interaction in blackface, many individuals are upset about one among her music movies as a result of they contemplate one among her dancer’s costumes to be blackface.
It began when JoJo’s “NONSTOP” music video was revealed on June 19 on her YouTube channel. The upbeat music options JoJo because the ringmaster of a circus, full with different circus animals/sideshow characters dancing together with her. (The was a zebra, a lion, a bearded girl, and many others.)
Here is the issue: One of many younger, white dancers in JoJo’s video was dressed as a monkey — and her costume included brown make-up on her face.
Over on Twitter and within the YouTube feedback part (which has since been turned off,) some customers began calling JoJo out for what they declared to be blackface.
“When is @itsjojosiwa going to deal with the little woman in black face in her newest music video?” one Twitter consumer wrote.
JoJo addressed the blackface controversy by way of Instagram.
It did not take lengthy for #jojoisoverparty to start out trending on Twitter. By the point June 27 rolled round, JoJo determined to take to Instagram to deal with the reported blackface in her music video.
“I have to set the document straight about a couple of issues as a result of some have been irresponsible in current tales and posts about me, and everybody appears to hurry to conclusions with out having the entire info,” she wrote.
JoJo continued, “I wish to handle the music video that we shot for ‘NONSTOP’ in February. We’re speaking about children dressing up as circus animals! Nobody in my video is sporting blackface. It’s terrible that anybody’s thoughts would even go there. Children dressing in animal costumes, having their faces painted to appear like animals, performing the half. There have been zebras, tigers, canines, clowns, mermaids, the whole lot.”
JoJo went on to voice her help for BLM, which is one thing she’s accomplished earlier than.
“I’ve addressed Black Lives Matter points beforehand on my social media, I’ll say it once more for those within the again, Black Lives Matter, in the present day, tomorrow, yesterday and perpetually. I’m on the proper facet of historical past right here,” she concluded. “Cease attempting to make this about one thing it isn’t.”
Deliberately or not, JoJo Siwa’s “NONSTOP” music video has clearly upset loads of individuals. It is value mentioning that the singer was surrounded by adults who may have, at many factors, stopped and thought, “Hmm, perhaps we must always rethink placing brown make-up on a white woman dressed as a monkey; that is problematic.” But, they did not.
On the finish of the day, it is JoJo’s identify and face which are related to the video. However maybe the critics may lay off the 17-year-old only a bit — and as an alternative shift a few of blackface blame to the adults concerned.