Nessa Barrett is a 17 year-old girl with a major social media following.
Right now she's kind of regretting that.
Many of the teens followers, as well as non-followers who have seen a controversial video are speaking out against her for her actions as well as her apology.
Things started with the teen, who consistently posts videos starring herself and her friends, posting what she probably thought would be just another video of her dancing around. It's pretty much her TikTok modus operandi.
That's not what happened.
It wasn't necessarily her dancing that riled people up—her moves were no more or less suggestive than most dancing.
It wasn't her wardrobe choice either. She wore a plain black crop top and black leggings. Her arms, chest and midsection were exposed but it certainly wasn't a provocative outfit.
The other person in the video wore a cropped t-shirt and loose-fitting pants.
Pretty standard issue "chillin with the homies" vibes here.
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The problem was the soundtrack.
Nessa claims she grabbed a clip of "an old guy singing and thought it was cute, plus my stepmom is Egyptian" and just kinda vibed out to it. That "old guy singing" was actually an elder reciting passages from the Quran, the Muslim Holy text.
Homegirl slither-danced... to a sermon.
Who does that‽‽
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So there she is on ye olde internet twerkin' it out to the Lord, allegedly not knowing that that's what she was dancing to, and TikTok goes bonkers over it.
The video (which she did eventually delete) made it's way over to Twitter for posterity—and so more people could rage about it.
Woo did they rage.
Her moves and soundtrack were, shall we say, unpopular.
i did not just see #nessabarrett throwing it back to the Quran, the disrespect.— send noodles (@send noodles)1586387881.0
she said she was Muslim bruh what kind of disrespect #nessabarrett https://t.co/aqEwpS2mOr— nad (@nad)1586398752.0
Imagine watching your beliefs get disrespected by ignorant privileged people and standing back and not saying a thi… https://t.co/dcXcUBZt8m— tropicalsewagerat (@tropicalsewagerat)1586426125.0
can we please all unfollow @nessaabarrett. she literally DANCED to a holy book and called it a fucking song. y’all… https://t.co/ugPXbW043Z— em (@em)1586391691.0
This is so disgusting and disrespectful to the Muslim community. Nessa Barrett is CANCELLED. https://t.co/ZkwUbx2J2c— mercy on call (@mercy on call)1586419920.0
a prime example of giving ignorant yt people platforms. these two are throwing it back to the quran... the holy boo… https://t.co/LgIdqRctHZ— fadumo (@fadumo)1586389674.0
So Nessa issued an apology.
Kind of. She said she was sorry, but also said it was obvious she didn't know.
According to her, since her stepmother and siblings are from Egypt she is aware of the cultural relevance and how it could've been offensive. So obviously she was innocent.
It didn't go over well, fam.
@nessaabarrett may have caused the biggest scandal i’ve seen on tiktokroom td... her apology was sickening, invalid… https://t.co/HdlFnkM56V— stream artist 2.0 (@stream artist 2.0)1586414721.0
This is disgusting. Horrible. And the worst thing I've EVER SEEN ON TIKTOK. WHAT THE ACTUAL FRICK WAS SHE THINKING!… https://t.co/OHfNQgHmiZ— JOHN IS FOLLOWING ME OMFG ❤ (@JOHN IS FOLLOWING ME OMFG ❤)1586389056.0
“i know that it could’ve been taken offensively” COULD’VE???? ITS OFFENSIVE REGARDLESS! i hope you understand that… https://t.co/UDxBr9H4kd— km 🕊 (@km 🕊)1586384943.0
imagine throwing it back to the quran using the caption ‘fav song’ and trynna say that your step mom is egyptian as… https://t.co/kEYnYt0qSH— hana (@hana)1586389821.0
But not everyone has a negative take.
She does have a few supporters, so that's something.
U guys need to stop with the Nessa Barrett shit now she’s learnt from her mistakes, apologised twice and got an Eng… https://t.co/ZeiPcp1aTN— swaiba (@swaiba)1586779783.0
@nessaabarrett people are quick to jump on the hate train. she said sorry and owned up for her mistakes but some pe… https://t.co/jPlJ8uvlC9— Asviya (@Asviya)1586783145.0
The problem is that this isn't the first time Nesa has found herself in the hot seat for this sort of thing.
There are plenty of videos circulating of her flinging racial slurs around. Her fans are becoming less and less tolerant.
Hopefully, Nessa learns her lesson this time. Or just, ya know, stops making TikToks at least.