Doja Cat Doesn't Love Her Fans, Doesn't Even Know Them

"If you call yourself a 'kitten' or fucking 'kittenz,' that means you need to get off your phone and get a job and help your parents with the house"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jul 24, 2023

"I love my fans!" is practically a celebrity mantra. By now, we've grown expectant for those four words to be on their lips during concerts and movie premieres, as well as strewn across their social media feeds. An unconventional pop star by all accounts, Doja Cat doesn't get into that.

When fans on Threads (the latest off-brand Twitter alternative) directly asked Doja to say that she loved them, she refused, claiming she "doesn't even know" them. She also suggested that they stop being so "creepy" and parasocial, and maybe even "just delete the account."

Some of Doja's fans have apparently taken to referring to themselves as Kittenz online, and she doesn't approve. "My fans don't call themselves shit," the star wrote [via TMZ] regarding her stan army's self-christening. "If you call yourself a 'kitten' or fucking 'kittenz,' that means you need to get off your phone and get a job and help your parents with the house."

"You making my government name your [screen name] is creepy as fuck," the artist added. One fan, sporting the Threads alias @thekittenzweb, asked the pop star what they should change their name to if she didn't like the "kitten" nickname. "Just delete the account and rethink everything," Doja replied, "it's not too late."

A fan page from Iran pleaded for the standard generalized admission of love, and the pop star responded honestly, "I don't though cuz I don't even know y'all."

Another fan replied, "And we don't know you. But we have supported you through thick and thin. Mind you you'd be NOTHING without us. You'd be working at a grocery store, making songs on fucking Garageband, Miss. High School Dropout..."

"Nobody forced you, idk why you're talking to me like you're my mother," Doja responded. "You sound like a crazy person."

Doja Cat's presence on socials has long been extremely messy, but she's also making points. Boundaries are important! However, some pointed out that the pop star was willing to make those generic appreciative posts as recently as last week on Twitter — when she wanted fans to buy tickets to her upcoming Scarlet tour. She doesn't care if people are excited about her new musical direction, though.

After the whole thread of Threads, Doja reportedly posted the lyrics to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror" on Instagram and deactivated her Threads account (which can only be fully removed if you also delete your Instagram profile).

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