Siwa took to Instagram to set the record straight and issued a lengthy statement about the ongoing scandal.
In the music video, released on June 19, accusations picked up steam on social media that one of the dancers Jojo’s ‘NONSTOP’ video is wearing blackface. If you look, in fact, one young dance is indeed wearing brown makeup and ears with what appears to be a monkey costume.
According to reports, the singer began blocking and deleting comments on her IG after claiming, “People were sending me really horrible and disgusting messages about my appearance, my sexuality, my content, and overall just being hateful.”
So, Jojo responded to the backlash saying, “I need to set the record straight about a few things because some have been irresponsible in recent stories and posts about me, and everyone seems to rush to conclusions without having all of the facts,” she began.
Siwa continued, “My Instagram post yesterday had absolutely nothing to do with the criticism I received on my music video ‘NONSTOP.’ I blocked certain people online and stopped following others because I was tired of seeing the personal hate on me. Some people will do anything for attention and that includes being mean.”
The giant hairbow wearing star, then addressed the blackface situation.
“More importantly, I would like to address the music video that we shot for ‘NONSTOP’ in February. We’re talking about kids dressing up as circus animals! No one in my video is wearing blackface. It’s awful that anyone’s mind would even go there. Kids dressing in animal costumes, having their faces painted to look like animals, acting the part. There were zebras, tigers, dogs, clowns, mermaids, everything.”
She added, “I’ve addressed Black Lives Matter issues previously on my social media, I will say it again for the ones in the back, Black Lives Matter, today, tomorrow, yesterday and forever. I’m on the right side of history here. Stop trying to make this about something it isn’t. I love my real fans and am so grateful for their love and support. Instead of trying to drag everyone down, let’s be positive and come back like a boomerang.”