Why did Camila Cabello had to face ‘blackface’ accusations?
Last week, Camila Cabello faced a serious accusation that one of her backup dancers was trying to wear a blackface, which has offended many people. On July 23, Cabello performed her new track “Don’t Go Yet” from her upcoming album “Familia,” for the very first time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. However, the debut of this new song didn’t go very well, as Cabello and her team faced a serious backlash soon after that.
Many fans noticed, that while Camila Cabello performed, one of her backup dancers was wearing a blackface.
The dancer who was wearing a bright purple shirt is identified as Dylan Pearce. This incident offended various fans, who then took to their social media sites, to call out Cabello. “Camila, I love you, but ok, there’s a mistake in your performance, one of the dancers was practicing blackface and that’s unforgivable, you wanted representation but failed, pay more attention,” a fan wrote. Another person wrote, “Camila Cabello really had a man in blackface on national television in 2021 and she’s still about to have a career…”
After the feedbacks, the 24-year-old singer typed a long message on her Twitter account, explaining to her fans the intention behind this performance.
“So this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan,” she wrote. “We purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin. There are white people, African American people, Latin people, etc. and so the point wasn’t to try to make everyone look Latin either. There are a lot of people in the performance who are not.” So according to Camila Cabello, the dancer was supposed to have a bad tan and not represent a blackface.
The Fifth-Harmony alum has also been caught in the same matter once before. Back in 2019, Camila was accused of sharing offensive memes and using racist language at the age of 14-15 on a Tumblr blog, which has now been deleted. The ‘Never Be The Same’ singer apologized for that too, saying, “When I was younger, I used language that I’m deeply ashamed of and will regret forever,” she wrote. “I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it.”
After Cabello, one of the stylists who worked on this project, Lisa Katnić, also posted an explanation about this whole mess and apologized to the people. However, fans were still not satisfied with all the explanations they got. “Like y’all clearly didn’t achieve the vibe you wanted, and it never should have been attempted. I don’t personally love your ‘explanation’, but regardless of your intentions, people ARE offended by what you did. You need to apologize and do better,” tweeted a fan.