No stranger to online controversy, Doja Cat has hit out at fans again, this time choosing disruptive social platform Threads to lash out at her fans.
“My fans don’t name themselves s**t. If you call yourself a ‘kitten’ or f**king ‘kittenz’ that means you need to get off your phone and get a job and help your parents with the house” the hip-hop artist wrote in a now-deleted post.
Establishing a boundary between your fans is one thing, but slamming a seemingly harmless expression of loyalty seems mean-spirited. For Doja Cat, it’s ‘treat ‘em mean keep ‘em keen’ when it comes to her fanbase. With a tour starting later this year, these f**k you tactics are wild, even for someone who arrived at the Met Gala dressed as a cat.
Understandably, this led to an army of fans calling her out on her questionable behaviour, with one stan account asking for name suggestions in light of Doja’s outburst.
In response, the musician told the fan to “delete the entire account and rethink everything. It’s never too late”. Giving tone-deaf advice online is nothing new, but for an online star to publicly bash her supporters is a bold move even for Doja Cat. The outburst continued on to new threads, with the star justifying her actions: “My life my rules my style my attitude.”
While the approach may be a little off, does this necessarily mean that Doja Cat resents her fans, or is the star stating the obvious? With the term “Stan” deriving from the amalgamation of ‘stalker’ and ‘fan’, it’s understandable why artists are on their guard around fans they don’t know.
While some fans become obsessed with their favourite artists, as this Tweet from 2017 shows, most are just rooting for their favourite stars.
I would die for Ryan Ross and hopefully that happens tonight— rhiannon (@mydreamsunwind) December 25, 2017
This isn’t the first time the musician has acted out of line to her fans, with her telling a fan to ‘shut the f**k up’ on Twitter in 2022. For a star who rose to fame on social media, these remarks could be part of a questionable marketing campaign, however, in the process, the ‘Best Friend’ singer appears to be giving her fans the middle finger.
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