Nadia Nakai. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)
Rapper Nadia Nakai recently received a lot
of criticism for an outfit she wore at the Castle Lite Unlocks Experience. She
kept mum and didn’t address the issue at the time but now she has come out to
“I definitely feel that there’s a certain
level of double standards for artists in SA compared to America. And another
layer of double standards for women and men in SA,” she said. She made an
example about Cassper taking of his shirt and being glorified for it.
She added that when a man does that no one
says he’s using sex to sell his music. “No one tries to discredit you because
you come out looking sexy. Whereas with a woman they’re like she’s selling sex
and she’s not actually a musician. She’s just this and that,” she said.
Nadia said this ‘pull her down syndrome’ is
mostly perpetuated by other women.
“I got to a point where I am no longer
fighting it. I am always going to live my truth and know the type of person I
am as an individual. The way I dress doesn’t define me. It doesn’t mean I
deserve to be raped. It doesn’t mean I deserve to be objectified. The issue is
not about the way I dress. The issue is about the men that make these decisions
to beat women, rape and treat them like trash,” she said.
Nadia took the chance to address social
media users – especially women who were bashing her. “You shouldn’t be saying
that to another girl because you’re literally fuelling that mindset that men
think that they can treat you a certain way depending on how you dress,” she