Camila Cabello is responding to blackface accusations against one of her dancers.
During a performance of “Don’t Go Yet” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, fans quickly clocked a white male dancer who looked suspiciously dark, as reported by Billboard. People immediately took to social media to accuse the dancer of performing in blackface.
Cabello came to the dancer’s defense on social media, saying that the dancer’s look was supposed to be reminiscent of white people with bad tans.
“[H]ey! so this dude was just supposed to be a white wman with a terrible spray tan,” she wrote. “[W]e purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performaers, 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. There are a lot of people in the performance who are not. The point was to try to make each person look like an over the top 80’s character just like in the video including a white dude with a terrible orange spray tan.”
Cabello also posted a clip of the performance with the caption, “[O]n my team we try to create a culture of kindness, joy, & love & you could feel that this week. none of this could be possible without the dream team that makes it happen & the fans that continue to support.”
the familia invaded @fallontonight last night 😻 #DontGoYet @jimmyfallon— camila (@Camila_Cabello) July 24, 2021
on my team we try to create a culture of kindness, joy, & love & you could feel that this week. none of this could be possible without the dream team that makes it happen & the fans that continue to support pic.twitter.com/P001TjnLyw
The dancer himself also defended his performance online, writing in one Instagram story post, “In case you missed my spray tan last night on @jimmyfallon with @camila_cabello.” Another Instagram account reposted his explanation for the makeup, which reiterated the idea that he was supposed to have a fake tan.
“For people messaging me feeling stressed about this character, he is meant to have a bad fake tan. The makeup artist put light concealer around his eyes to express that,” he wrote. “Perhaps it needed to be lighter so it was more pronounced. This is not blackface. Sorry if it looked like that to anybody but I assure you that was not the vibe.”