Camila Cabello shut down an accusation that her dancer wore blackface, saying he was meant to look like 'a white man with a terrible spray tan'

Camila Cabello shut down an accusation that her dancer wore blackface, saying he was meant to look like 'a white man with a terrible spray tan'
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Camila Cabello wears a pink dress while performing at the Grammys.
Camila Cabello performs at the Grammy Awards in 2020. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • Camila Cabello, 24, performed on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Friday.

  • Some people accused one of her dancers of doing blackface with his stage makeup.

  • Cabello said on Twitter that the dancer was meant to look like he had a "terrible spray tan."

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Camila Cabello swatted down accusations that one of her dancers performed in blackface, saying the performer was supposed to portray "a white man with a terrible spray tan."

On Friday, the "Señorita" singer appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to perform her new single, "Don't Go Yet." The performance included several dancers dressed in '80s-inspired outfits.

On Twitter, some fans said one of Cabello's dancers appeared to wear makeup that was significantly darker than his skin tone, prompting allegations of blackface. Merriam-Webster defines blackface as "dark makeup worn to mimic the appearance of a Black person and especially to mock or ridicule Black people."

Camila Cabello surrounded by dancers as she performed on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
Cabello performs her new single, "Don't Go Yet," on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Friday. NBC/Getty Images

The 24-year-old singer said in a note posted on Twitter on Saturday that the dancer's makeup was meant to look like a spray tan.

"Hey! so this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan. we purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin," Cabello wrote.

"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," she said.

Cabello added that "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," referring to the song's music video, which was released Friday.

She included a screenshot of the dancer's Instagram Story, where he had shared a selfie and wrote, "In case you missed my spray tan last night on @jimmyfallon with @camila_cabello."

Cabello wrote in a separate tweet on Saturday that her team aimed to "create a culture of kindness, joy, & love."

"Don't Go Yet" is Cabello's first single since releasing her second album, "Romance," in 2019.

Representatives for Cabello did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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