Camila Cabello responds to fan upset over ‘white man with terrible spray tan’ in Fallon performance

Camila Cabello has come under fire after including an overly spray-tanned dancer in the premiere performance of her single Don’t Go Yet on Jimmy Fallon, which aired Friday.

And the 24-year-old Cuban-American singer addressed the growing backlash by sharing a message with her Twitter following, which was composed on the notes app on her iPhone, on Saturday afternoon.

Camila attempted to explain that the dancer Dylan Pearce ‘was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan’ and not an attempt at brown face.

Backlash: Camila Cabello has come under fire after including an overly spray-tanned dancer in the premiere performance of her single Don’t Go Yet on Jimmy Fallon, which aired Friday (pictured)

‘We purposely tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin,’ Cabello continued.

‘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,’ Camila concluded, along with a heart emoji.

Addressing the issue: And the 24-year-old Cuban-American singer addressed the growing backlash by sharing a message with her Twitter following, which was composed on the notes app on her iPhone, on Saturday afternoon

Addressing the issue: And the 24-year-old Cuban-American singer addressed the growing backlash by sharing a message with her Twitter following, which was composed on the notes app on her iPhone, on Saturday afternoon

Unintended: Camila attempted to explain that the dancer Dylan Pearce 'was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan' and not an attempt at brown face

Unintended: Camila attempted to explain that the dancer Dylan Pearce ‘was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan’ and not an attempt at brown face 

Nevertheless, many fans on Twitter were not satisfied, with one user writing, ‘This is not an apology, it wasn’t OK and offended a lot of people! There was no need for it.’

Other users concerned with claims of cultural appropriation commented that ‘this is not making sense’ or ‘this is becoming even more confusing’.

The performance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, which aired on Friday, showcased Camila among several gaudily dressed dancers, who indeed called to mind her recently released music video for the track. 

Nevertheless, many fans on Twitter were not satisfied, with one user writing: 'This is not an apology, it wasn’t OK and offended a lot of people! There was no need for it'

Nevertheless, many fans on Twitter were not satisfied, with one user writing: ‘This is not an apology, it wasn’t OK and offended a lot of people! There was no need for it’

The video for Don’t Go Yet, off the Havana starlet’s upcoming third studio album Familia, premiered on Thursday, and looked very much like rejected scenes from a 1980s-era Almodóvar film.  

This week, CC took to social media to share her first single of 2021, along with the music video directed by Philippa Price and Pilar Zeta.

‘#DontGoYet is the first song from my next album, Familia. This album was inspired by two things: family & food. Your family by blood, but also your chosen family. Who you want to sit at the dinner table, get wine-drunk, & dance in the living room with,’ Camila posted for her roughly 12.3 million followers on Twitter.

New music: Cabello released a video for her new song Don't Go Yet on Thursday from her upcoming third studio album Familia

New music: Cabello released a video for her new song Don’t Go Yet on Thursday from her upcoming third studio album Familia

She added: ‘To me, those are the moments that make me glad to be alive, those moments of collective joy & true vulnerability & connection with other people. I hope you enjoy it & I hope it inspires many wine drunk kitchen dance parties for you & your familia.’

The music video available on YouTube opened with Camila driving solo in a convertible and changing the station on the car radio.

The video then changed to a stop motion animation style as a toy-like version of the car drove up a dirt road to a big home.

Camila back in live action rang the door bell and was warmly greeted into a lively, colorful party that featured some of her actual family members, including her father, sister and cousin.

Bollywood style: The singer took to social media to share her first single of 2021 along with the music video directed by Philippa Price and Pilar Zeta

Bollywood style: The singer took to social media to share her first single of 2021 along with the music video directed by Philippa Price and Pilar Zeta

Family first: '#DontGoYet is the first song from my next album, Familia. This album was inspired by two things: family & food. Your family by blood, but also your chosen family. Who you want to sit at the dinner table, get wine-drunk, & dance in the living room with,' Camila posted for her roughly 12.3 million followers on Twitter

Family first: ‘#DontGoYet is the first song from my next album, Familia. This album was inspired by two things: family & food. Your family by blood, but also your chosen family. Who you want to sit at the dinner table, get wine-drunk, & dance in the living room with,’ Camila posted for her roughly 12.3 million followers on Twitter 

Bold looks: The former Fifth Harmony member wore bright makeup in the music video

Bold looks: The former Fifth Harmony member wore bright makeup in the music video

Not yet: The music video for Don't Go Yet was directed by Philippa Price and Pilar Zeta

Not yet: The music video for Don’t Go Yet was directed by Philippa Price and Pilar Zeta

Good times: Camila back in live action rang the door bell and was warmly greeted into a lively, colorful party that featured some of her actual family members, including her father, sister and cousin

Good times: Camila back in live action rang the door bell and was warmly greeted into a lively, colorful party that featured some of her actual family members, including her father, sister and cousin

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