- JoJo Siwa was called out by some fans accusing her latest music video of including blackface.
- Early in the video for her song "Nonstop" — which features multiple dancers dressed as animals — a young white dancer is seen wearing brown makeup and what appear to be monkey ears.
- Siwa appeared to respond to the negativity on her Instagram page, saying meanness had no place on her social media.
- She said it's "not about what you do on social media it's about what you do in real life."
- Siwa is the latest YouTuber to be accused of racial insensitivity, following Shane Dawson and Jenna Marbles.
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JoJo Siwa is the latest YouTuber to face allegations of racism after some followers said a young actor in her latest music video, for her song "Nonstop," was performing in blackface.
The video, which is set in a circus, features dancers dressed up as all sorts of animals. One of the dancers, a young white girl, is seen in close-up early in the video with brown makeup and what appear to be monkey ears. The comments on the video have been disabled.
Siwa appeared to respond to some of the comments in an Instagram post.
"This is for all the people I blocked today ... peace out girl scout," she wrote with a peace-sign emoji. "This is my Instagram and anyone who is going to be mean is NOT going to be allowed on here."
She said people were bossing her around, telling her who to follow, "what to post, what to like, what to say, what to do, everything."
"It's not about what you do on social media it's about what you do in real life," she said. "I said it best when I was 12: 'Hide behind the screen cause their just so mean. But we don't play it like that, we don't even fight back.'"
She also thanked everyone who was being kind to her, and reassured them she does see their posts too.
"Also side note," she added. "People went to my DOG'S Instagram. My DOG. To hate on me. Iconic!"
This is for all the people I blocked today.... peace out girl scout.?? This is my instagram and anyone who is going to be mean is NOT going to be allowed on here. People are bossing me around, telling me who to follow, what to post, what to like, what to say, what to do, everything. It’s not about what you do on social media it’s about what you do in real life. I said it best when I was 12 “Hide behind the screen cause their just so mean. but we don’t play it like that, we don’t even fight back”..... and now this is for everyone who is being kind right now.... thank you??! I really do see your posts, I really do read your captions, and I really do appreciate them. More than you know.?? also side note.... People went to my DOGS instagram. my DOG. to hate on me. iconic! 🐶
A post shared by JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) on Jun 25, 2020 at 3:15pm PDTJun 25, 2020 at 3:15pm PDT
YouTube appears to be rife with accusations of racial insensitivity right now. Shane Dawson has left social media for a while after accidentally canceling himself with a lengthy statement about the beauty community, which led to people dredging up his past of "edgy" humor and dressing up as Black people.
Jenna Marbles also announced that she's leaving YouTube, perhaps indefinitely, in a tearful apology for her old content that people were asking her to address.