By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail. JoJo Siwa has hit back at 'mean' critics after being accused of having a young dancer perform in blackface in her latest music video, which she released on Juneteenth. The white dancer, who just turned 12 this week, wore dark brown face makeup and ears. While the comments on the video have been disabled, critics have been taking to Instagram and Twitter to call JoJo out for putting 'a little girl in blackface' dressed as a monkey — an animal that has historically been used to dehumanize Black people through racist imagery and caricatures. Controversy: Lilliana, who just turned 12 years old this week, wore dark brown face makeup and ears to portray a monkey in the video.
Watch Jojo's Acoustic "Think About You" Music Video
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Jojo has been serenading us with her relatable and heartbreaking songs since , and her new acoustic version of "Think About You" has us ready to stare longingly out the window on a rainy day. The song comes off of her new Good to Know acoustic album, released on July 10, and the video is just as impassioned as the lyrics. In the video, Jojo can be seen remembering the ghosts of relationships past, thinking of the good times and the bad and trying to reconcile her feelings as she moves forward, all while wearing a mood-setting oversized knit sweater. This stripped-down version amplifies the song's melancholy mood and perfectly captures the nostalgia of reflecting on heartbreak. If the rest of the album is this emotional, we are definitely going to need more than one box of tissues to get through it. Watch the full "Think About You" video here.
Your low-rise jeans are sitting on your hips and your Juicy Couture bag has all the bells and whistles. What sounded like a young woman scorned by a relationship was actually a teenage girl from Foxborough, Massachusetts. But JoJo was just 13 years old at the time. In fact, she was the youngest solo artist to ever do so. Now, more than 15 years after her debut, and fresh off her first Grammy win with PJ Morton for his song "Say So," JoJo is telling her story on her own terms. After going from relationship to relationship, she found herself needing to deal with some uncomfortable truths about her life. I really want to face life head-on. She spent time abstaining from sex and fostering her female friendships. Some of her friends star alongside her in the music video, such as singers Ari Lennox and Tinashe. She feels they were able to tell their own stories and create their own narrative.
The song was released as the third and final promotional single from the album on October 7, Lyrically, the song is a vivid storytelling of JoJo's upbringing, growth, her love for music and family, including and ode to JoJo's father Joel Levesque who died in November , while JoJo was in early recording sessions for the album. The song received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, with many praising the songs emotional weight and JoJo's raw vocal performance. JoJo dedicated the song to her father and links to the subject matter spoken about in her song "Save my Soul" from her " Tringle " EP. The song's accompanying music video premiered on JoJo's official YouTube channel on October 7, , it consisted of clips of JoJo performing on stage, recording in studio, and doing interviews as a toddler as well as footage of her parents in a VHS style video. In promotion for her third album, "Music.