The 24-year-old singer performed her new single "Don't Go Yet" on Jimmy Fallon's show for the first time... But she received some serious backlash!
Camila Cabello juuust released her new single "Don't Go Yet" and she's already receiving some backlash. After she performed the song that will be a part of her upcoming album Familia for the first time in Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, the 24-year-old popstar received some negative comments from fans and Twitter users that accused her of cultural appropriation.
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of an element -or elements- of one oppressed culture or identity by members of a dominant culture or identity.
"on my team we try to create a culture of kindness, joy, & love & you could feel that this week," Camila wrote in a tweet in which she shared a moment of her live performance on Jimmy Kimmel's show where some of her performers seemed to be visibly white but had heir skin painted with a darker tone," none of this could be possible without the dream team that makes it happen & the fans that continue to support."
However, after several negative comments, she addressed the backlash on that same tweet with a lengthy statement that read, "hey! so this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan. we purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers," the singer wrote, "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," she continued, and clarified that her intention was to make "every person look like an over the top 80s character, including a white dude with a terrible spray tan."