Rapper Doja Cat has released a new song that is turning people’s heads because of its title.
Her new single “Balut,” is the latest track to emerge from her upcoming LP, Scarlet, out on September 22 under Kemosabe Records/RCA Records. Scarlet is a follow-up to the rapper’s 2021 blockbuster, Planet Her.
In an Instagram story, she explained the meaning of the song and wrote “I named the song Balut because it signifies a bird that’s being eaten alive. It’s a metaphor for Twitter stans and the death of twitter toxicity. The beginning of ‘X’ and the end of ‘tweets.’”
Although there has been support for her new single, this has caused a discourse online about how the rapper continuously offends her fans.
Some have heavily pointed out that there was a lack of research as to what ‘Balut’ really is because she claims that it is alive when clearly it is a fermented egg so the bird is technically dead.
— Henry Ashcroft-Haynes (@ashcroft_henry) September 16, 2023
she got a vision with this mini essay BUT filipinos boil/steam balut before eating. we are not nomads that eat unborn ducks raw or alive!!!
i get that doja cat is being creative but girl, please don’t push forward wrong stereotypes against filipinos for your single inspo. https://t.co/Dw35qCnEfP
— on your mark (@markantonygreat) September 16, 2023
every time i see news about doja cat its about her appropriating/disrespecting culture.
first it was that paraguay shit and now she after the filipinos bruh 💀💀💀
it do not signify that bruh the bird in balut is already dead. stupid ass giving my filo brain an aneurism https://t.co/DnzONqKung
— Dusty‼️ (new acc) (@PubbyLovingGoat) September 18, 2023
doja cat missed with this one bc naming it balut and then saying THAT is a spit in the face to filipino cuisine
does she think we don't cook our food properly??? what the fuck girl i liked your music but I won't stand for this https://t.co/EgI5d2M2N7
— Vani🇵🇭 (@Ilocano_Vani) September 18, 2023
Doja cat naming her song Balut and telling its the feeling of being eaten alive and I'm like????
The actual Balut has dead duck embryo. DEAD. So now hey, hello xenophobia. Fuck you all. This is Asian culture but you have to incorporate it with shitty music. https://t.co/yqsvgrCvtO
— Labyeha💙 (@LBY2K99) September 18, 2023
Even though the message is indeed clear with her explanation, it still doesn’t sit right as there is a display of wrong ideals.
Last July, a lot of fans aired their disappointment by unfollowing Doja on her different social media platforms after the artist refused to acknowledge their efforts to them that didn’t feel true to her. Although her previous followers thought that the mass exodus would serve as a big threat to her to change her decision, instead she felt relieved.
“Seeing all these people unfollow me makes me feel like I’ve defeated a large beast that’s been holding me down for so long,” she wrote on her Instagram Story the following month. “It feels like I can reconnect with the people who really matter and love me for who I am and not for who I was. I feel free.”
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