April 18th, 2023
Doja Cat Responds to Accusations of Getting a ‘Demonic’ Tattoo
Doja Cat is *living* for these comments about her supposed deal with the devil
Subtle allusions to demonic themes are nothing new in the world of hip-hop. Lil Uzi just showed off his newest upside-down cross tattoo on his tongue, and Lil Nas X got the reaction he wanted from his “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” music video featuring him riding a stripper pole to Hell. When rapper and singer Doja Cat posted her newest ink—a naked, half-human, half-scaled creature on her forearm—this weekend, many fans assumed it was another case of their favorite star going down an unholy path.
As expected, the rapper skilled in the art of trolling chose to have a bit of fun with the slew of accusations thrown her way. Someone took to Twitter to say, “What’s the point of writing your music and creating something if it isn’t considered timeless?! I HOPE THAT THIS ALBUM has no demonic influence. If it does, not worth listening to. I said what I said. If you don’t like it, take your grievances to @god and @jesus,” to which Doja Cat responded with “slay girl yas.”
The singer followed up with a tweet of her own: “if ur calling me demonic honestly werk cuz like i love that u ate fr.” It’s clear that Doja Cat is unphased by the backlash—rather, she gets a kick out of it.
A day after posting the initial tattoo, Doja Cat posted an Instagram carousel explaining the true meaning behind her tattoo. The slide reveals her piece was inspired by the 1665 edition of Fortunio Liceti’s “De Monstris.” The Italian philosopher, intrigued by deformities in nature, was hugely influential to the time period. Instead of seeing imperfection as negative, he finds nature to be admirable for making what it can with what it has. Her caption for the post read, “your fear is not my problem.”
Many fans showed up to show their support of her tattoo and its sentiments. One person commented, “Does no one here get the point? Doja is seen as ‘abnormal’ in her expression and hated for it. Her sanity is questioned even when she tells everyone she’s perfectly fine—your discomfort with the unique and unknown is not going to stop her from living as she is.”
In the wake of this tattoo outrage, Doja Cat has also been teasing the release of her new album. One can only expect that with such amusement in the face of disapproval and embracement of individuality shown by her new tattoo, it’s going to be unlike anything we’ve heard from her before.
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