Doja Cat, the American rapper, singer, and songwriter, found herself at the center of a social media storm after posting a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt featuring controversial alt-right figure and self-proclaimed comedian, Sam Hyde.
Sam Hyde has long been associated with far-right activism and has faced accusations of promoting racism, homophobia, misogyny, and spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories. His alleged links to prominent white nationalists and neo-Nazis have drawn significant criticism. Hyde even donated $5,000 to the Daily Stormer, a widely condemned Nazi website.
Furthermore, his appearances on white nationalist podcasts as recently as November 2020 have fueled concerns about his associations and beliefs.
The controversy erupted when Doja Cat shared an image of herself donning a shirt featuring Sam Hyde’s likeness. The image quickly spread across social media platforms, triggering a wave of backlash and criticism from her fans and the public.
Critics accused Doja Cat of inadvertently or intentionally endorsing the controversial figure by wearing the shirt. In the face of mounting criticism, the singer made a surprising move by deleting the initial photo and reposting it with certain alterations.