Rising rap artist Doja Cat is no stranger to ruffling feathers online by being her truest unfiltered self.
However, the “Juicy” rapper found herself on the receiving end of the Barbz ire after she came to the defense of one of her fans.
The fallout started over a fan-drawn mock cover of Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion on the front of Rolling Stone’s “Women Shaping The Future” issue. As you may recall, the publication unveiled the original cover around late February. Megan was featured on it alongside Top Dawg Entertainment’s resident songbird SZA and rising pop-R&B singer Normani.
“I came up with this idea [because] they’re currently the female rappers shaping rap music!! Hope y’all like it!! Plz help me tag them!!” the fan captioned the mock cover.
Soon after, Doja retweeted the cover art and gave it her stamp of approval. “Fire,” she praised before she jokingly added, “THE QUEEN, THE PRINCESS AND THE POOP OF RAP.” The latter bit is a self-deprecating cheeky reference to an inside joke that Doja started with her fans.
However, tensions flared after one of Doja’s fans commented that they would’ve preferred to see Doja placed in the middle of the mock-up instead of Nicki. More tension flared after Doja chimed in and advised her fans to not engage with the upset subset of Barbz coming at them.
In retaliation, some of the Barbz started trending #dojacatisover on Twitter. However, Doja remained visibly unbothered. In her usual fashion, the 24-year-old has turned the tables on the Barbz and has been trolling the timeline with memes ever since.
In a surprising twist, the more sensible side of both fandoms have united to call out the toxic parts of their fandom over their behavior.
“The Barbz are on twitter victimizing themselves even though a Doja Cat stan is obviously going to want Doja Cat in the middle of a make believe Rolling Stones picture,” one person pointed out.
“This cancel culture gotta go,” a second chimed in on Twitter.
“This is toxic. She didn’t directly address the Barbz. She was just talking about that specific person,” a third agreed.
See what else they’re saying below:
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