Former member of N-Dubz, Dappy, has stirred up a Twitter shit-storm after he claimed – in a since-deleted tweet – he was part of the fight to reclaim the word ‘nigga’.
Costadinos Contostavlos – Dappy’s real name – comes from Camden Town, north London and is of Greek-Cypriot descent – maybe not top of the list to be leading the fight against black-racist terms you may think. However, his new album, Eros Apollo, released on Christmas Day, is positively littered with the derogatory word.
Dappy when twitter starts asking him who he means by 'we' pic.twitter.com/otUlSImnzP
— Cameron (@GoldenCami) December 29, 2015
Taking to Twitter and using the hashtag #FallBack, he argued the word has grown beyond any racial associations but unfortunately for Dappy, his words didn’t quite strike the chord he intended and prompted a classic Twitter ‘blacklash’, with users accusing him of trying to reassign his heritage, using ‘we’ and ‘our’ to group his way into being black – the Rachel Dolezal comparisons came thick and fast.
Who asked Dappy Dolezal for his opinion?
— Bae-telgeuse.* (@uncletypewriter) December 29, 2015
— Jacob (@CoqBlocker) December 29, 2015
According to the Independent, in a another tweet that has now been deleted he wrote:
Some people did come out in support of Dappy, and he was quick to re-tweet their messages:
This N word thing is stupid it's either you're with it or not. You can't get onto Dappy then go to a party & Dab to Migos saying the N word
— Blair Gyabaah ? (@BlairyHendrix) December 29, 2015
In the end, the Twitter storm seemed too much so he switched to Instagram to make his apology: