“I have to set the document straight.”
Within the circus-themed video, a younger dancer has her face painted brown and dons a pair of monkey ears:
Instantly after the video premiered, JoJo was known as out for seemingly that includes blackface in her visuals:
On Friday, JoJo lastly addressed the blackface allegations. “I want 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,” she wrote.
JoJo went on to elucidate that the dancers dressed up in “animal costumes, having their faces painted to appear like animals, performing the half.” She additionally added, “There have been zebras, tigers, canine, clowns, mermaids, all the pieces.”
The 17-year-old went on to say that she supported the Black Lives Matter motion, writing, “I’ll say it once more for those within the again, Black Lives Matter, at the moment, tomorrow, yesterday and perpetually. I’m on the suitable aspect of historical past right here.”
JoJo additionally addressed the backlash she acquired after beforehand declaring that she was blocking individuals from her social media.
“My Instagram put up yesterday had completely nothing to do with the criticism I acquired on my music video ‘Nonstop.’ I blocked sure individuals on-line and stopped following others as a result of I used to be uninterested in seeing the non-public hate on me,” she acknowledged.
Nevertheless, her assertion did not go over nicely with everybody. Many nonetheless known as on the Dance Mothers star to apologize:
This commenter stated they “anticipated extra” from her:
Over on Twitter, JoJo responded to a Twitter person who stated her assertion did not “appear like an apology,” writing that she “did not do something that wants an apology.”
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