Welcome to the latest TGJ Roundtable!
Over the years, That Grape Juice has established a distinguished voice that – whether loved or loathed – sparks discussion, debate, and, on occasion, drama!
Though comprised of seasoned writers who share a similar outlook on Urban Pop culture, the idiosyncrasies of the TGJ team members often lend for quite heated debates “behind the scenes” about the hottest topics.
Now, we give you a front row seat to the show. In a format similar to ‘The View’ or ‘The Real,‘ TGJ editors – Sam, David, Rashad, and Joe – get candid like never before.
Today’s roundtable topic asks each anchor his thoughts on the…
DOJA CAT RACISM SCANDAL
Has your opinion of Doja Cat changed since the videos surfaced?
Sam: This is a hard one to decipher. Because – with Doja being a super new act – I can’t say I had a solidified stance on her in the first place. Both artistically and as a person. I was, however, aware of certain peculiarities she had and I guess these new events make me raise an eyebrow at them the more.
It goes without saying, the accusations and the apparent evidence are extremely concerning.
David: Yes. The videos and the behaviour in them were pretty disturbing and may speak to some unsettling issues she may have had with herself when they were recorded. ‘Say So’ is a great track, so I was disappointed.
Rashad: To be honest, no. Doja has always been problematic. Her views on Blacks and LGBT may have just become public knowledge in light of the recently exposed videos, but there’s nothing in them that she hasn’t said for years. Plus, I’ve never really been a fan. ‘Say So’ was cute, but not so much that I became interested in following her career.
Joe: I can’t say my opinion of Doja Cat has changed. To me, she’s always been on the “edgy” side of things – for lack of a better word. In the past, she has angered PETA, vegans, and the Bardi gang to name only but a few communities.
Should she have addressed the hoopla with an official statement or just let it blow over?
Sam: Definitely right to address it. The storm was too intense and the accusations too urgent for her to even have the option to sit out a response. It was a must.
And controversial as this may sound, whether there was truth to the situation or not, it would always be in her best interest to (attempt to) control the narrative herself rather than let it be spun by the masses.
David: A short and concise statement would have been enough to clear things up.
The video she released afterward, however, to further explain her weird behaviour backfired on a PR tip because her excuses were watery, unconvincing, and failed to explain why she used language and engaged in behaviour designed to denigrate black people.
Rashad: I’m torn, but lean more on the side of “not yet.” Issuing a statement only brought more eyes to a story that seemed to be confined to Twitter and among people who had a strong love or hate relationship with her story. Besides, it’s hard to accept an apology for something that was not only performed openly (i.e. on a chat forum), but done as recently as last week. What exactly are you sorry for? If she hadn’t gotten caught up, she’d still be doing it.
Joe: Her statement tick-boxed everything that needed to be said and I found it appropriate that she would further explain herself on her Instagram later on – talking about that issue as well as other questionable remarks (see: “Beyonkey”).
Will her career survive?
Sam: Honestly, I think so. Maybe not to the degree of promise she had before this, but I can’t see her being banished into the abyss. Not because her actions don’t deserve it, but because I feel people are beginning to get “cancel culture” fatigue.
There’s a certain desensitization attached to the weekly lashings of “someone” for “something” they did “some time” ago.
Additionally, there appears to be a growing appetite to evolve cancel culture into accountability culture. Essentially continuing to rightfully call people out for their BS, while also giving them to scope to respond and grow from it. You know, much like non-celebrities are allowed to in… real life.
Not capping for Doja (in any way), but more so reflecting on cancel culture at large.
David: No. I’m no psychologist, but I sense that some deep-rooted underlying issues with race motivated Doja to socialise with alleged racists and denigrate her own people for a laugh. Now that the world knows about these issues it’ll be hard for her to keep the support of the audience responsible for taking ‘Say So’ to the top of the Hot 100.
Rashad: I could only hope not. Banish her to the same realm of obscurity as the Kreayshawn‘s and Iggy Azalea‘s (whom I actually like). The latter not only did less problematic shit, but she is also a much more consistent performer (sonically) and better packaged (as it relates to music videos). Doja doesn’t feel like someone the industry would miss anyway. Add to this, she will likely find it hard to promote her own material without being quizzed about the scandal in interviews. Similarly, her collaborators will be asked about it too. Nobody wants that kind of attention as association could imply endorsement.
Joe: If she plays her cards right, there is absolutely no reason she won’t survive this. Now, whether that’s a good or bad thing…
For better of for worse, people’s attention span aren’t what they used to be. Also, I’m not sure the lion-share of the casual public – the group that has the actual power to make a song #1 – has caught wind of this scandal.