The pandemic led many creatives to think more outside the box in order to regularly entertain their adoring fans and the general public. Throughout the pandemic, numerous challenges were birthed thanks to social media, and roughly everything went virtual from talk shows to live performances. It was also during this time where we received online programming like the Swizz Beatz and Timbaland created Verzuz battles.
DJ D-Nice kept everyone dancing in their households during “Club Quarantine”, which drew hundreds of thousands, if not millions together. Entertainment mogul and Bad Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs joined the ranks of many others who wanted to keep the party going as well.
Diddy & sons: @Kingcombs, #Quincy & #Justin vibin’ to “Clout” by @OffsetYRN & @iamcardib earlier this evening during the @Diddy #Danceathon—with a guest appearance from @lizzo! pic.twitter.com/qXXXfIfEbk— OffsetYRN Fan (@OffsetYRNUpdate) April 13, 2020
Diddy, who recently has begun to adopt the moniker “Brother Love”, decided to launch the “Team Love Dance-A-Thon”. The event was broadcast on Instagram Live in an effort to raise money for essential workers on the frontline during the pandemic after Surgeon General Jerome Adams asked influencers to raise awareness.
One of the many celebrities and prominent figures to join in on Diddy’s Dance-A-Thon was Kylie Jenner. Kylie Jenner, who was reported to be the youngest “self-made” billionaire at 22 years old, had pledged over $1 million towards coronavirus efforts at the time, according to Page Six. Diddy chose to praise Kylie Jenner’s efforts during the broadcast but made some comments that sent fans into a frenzy.
“Today is about giving love, and I wanna tell you as a hustler — I been a hustler for a long time — your hustle is unmatched,” he said to Kylie Jenner. “I got [two] daughters, and you’re such an inspiration to them and all women of all color.”
Some social media users found an issue in Diddy’s choice of wording, namely labeling Jenner an inspiration to “all women of all color”. Fans began to drag the mogul after believing he said “all women of color”.
“Diddy just told Kylie that she’s an inspiration for all women of color….. he been lying all night just to get a dollar,” wrote an irritated social media user. Another shared “WOC?? she’s born into money she profits off of black culture bye.”
Diddy told Kylie Jenner she was an inspiration to all women of color. pic.twitter.com/h5eou7kDLx— Ren Shiesty (@callme_ren) April 13, 2020
“Did he just say she’s an inspiration to women of color? This man needs to get some sleep now. Too much IG live for him now,” writes another.
However, some chose to defend Jenner as well as Diddy’s statements. “Please stop trying to make an issue he did not say ‘women of color’ he said ‘All women of ALL COLOR,’” wrote a supporter. Another added, “She’s never tried to be black, and she’s never done anything hateful. She’s a positive influence on young people and has done great things that she doesn’t even put out for everyone to see. You can’t hate on her she’s a beautiful person inside and out.”
We have to be living in an alternate universe for Diddy to have actually said Kylie Jenner… KYLIE JENNER is an inspiration to women of color. HUH?!— Naa Ayeley (@naaayeleya) April 22, 2020
So diddy went on live telling Kylie Jenner that’s she’s and inspiration to women of color . Gtfoh @Diddy wtf why did you say that .?? Knowing we inspired her black women inspired her . pic.twitter.com/JThPye2acY— imempress.luv (@youluvme_me) April 21, 2020
Why TF did Diddy tell Kylie Jenner that she is such an inspiration to “all women of color”? pic.twitter.com/dCVdWyG6CK— earth is cancelled (@mstrpotatohead) April 17, 2020