Rita Ora has come under serious fire this week after her fans had a sudden, yet damning realization about her true ethnicity...
Now, Rita Ora isn't shy of a little controversy.
via: GettyThe British singer has forever been in and out of the headlines for her highly-publicized relationship dramas and controversial actions.
In 2016, the "Hot Right Now" singer was accused of cheating by her ex-boyfriend, Rob Kardashian.
Many of her other ex-partners have seconded these claims.TMZ reported that DJ Calvin Harris called it quits with Rita after she was seen getting "touchy" with Justin Bieber.
And, in 2018, her collaboration with Cardi B for the track, "Girls" landed her in even more hot water.
So, many of us weren't too shocked to see the singer's name circulating online once again...
via: GettyBut, this time, it is surrounding a new issue entirely.
This week, Rita has been accused of "blackfishing."
via: GettyI know what you're all thinking... What exactly is blackfishing?
Blackfishing is a recently-coined term used to describe someone accused of pretending to be black.
via: GettyIt usually happens on social media, when influencers use makeup, hair products, and in some cases, surgery to drastically change the appearance of their ethnicity.
The phenomenon emerged back in November...
via: GettyWhen a Twitter thread calling on people to expose "all of the white girls cosplaying as black women on Instagram" went viral.
The thread quickly gained traction...
And thousands of white women "blackfishing" themselves on Instagram were publically named and shamed for creating aesthetics and features typically associated with black women, so as dark skin and afro hair.
Can we start a thread and post all of the white girls cosplaying as black women on Instagram? Let’s air them out because this is ALARMING.— Wanna (@Wanna)1541556201.0
Critics of the trend describe it as a form of cultural appropriation...
Wherein elements of a minority culture are adopted by those in a more dominant, less discriminated culture without crediting the origin.
White girls if you want to pass as Black, how about using your platforms to address the injustices and discrimation… https://t.co/4tl7fBcu3t— Niccole Nero Gaines (@Niccole Nero Gaines)1542650162.0
And now, Rita is the latest woman to be accused of blackfishing.
So much so...
That some people are confused as to whether she is mixed race or not.
@slitmyclitt Your telling me this woman not at least mixed????????? https://t.co/tgkOiduNYE— Gabriella | blm🇨🇺| ACAB (@Gabriella | blm🇨🇺| ACAB)1597007107.0
But she has owned up to not being black in the past...
Speaking with Wendy Williams a couple of years ago, who admitted to thinking she was mixed race, Rita said she "might as well be," but is definitely Albanian.
Y’all need to calm down, Rita Ora told y’all two years ago, she wasn’t black. YALL said she was black... not h… https://t.co/cZyMtvJr9s— Nina (@Nina)1597012996.0
However, she has continued to adopt the hairstyles typically associated with minority black cultures...
Well, people have had enough of it.This Twitter user shared a series of photos of the singer with her hair in the said styles, along with a picture of her very European mother, writing: "Finding out Rita Ora isn’t black at all and both of her parents are white Albanians is so trippy. the girl's BEEN blackfishing."
Very quickly, the Tweet went viral...And people responded by expressing their shock over Rita's true ethnicity.
However, some jumped to Rita's defense.
This Twitter user shared the singer's school photos, saying: "This is what she looked like when she was young. She's always been an ethnic Albanian girl with a tan and never changed her features or anything. She's always been a loud and proud Albanian. The cultural appropriation of braids is not ok but it doesn't make her black."
@slitmyclitt This is what she looked like when she was young. She's always been an ethnic Albanian girl with a tan… https://t.co/W8E0WsoxYb— albanianranting (@albanianranting)1597010950.0
And others are claiming that they never thought she was black in the first place.
Though at the end of the day... Who's business is it but hers?
@joshrobert795 @slitmyclitt What part of her looks black?? 🤔— Shiya ♈︎ Angelou (@Shiya ♈︎ Angelou)1597004935.0