Things reportedly got physical at the Cambridge University Charity Fashion Show last week when headliner Princess Nokia got into an altercation with an audience member.
According to The Cambridge Student, Nokia opened her set by noting, “there are so many beautiful women of color in here tonight.” But a white male audience member caused a problem during the third song in Nokia’s set, when front row witnesses reported seeing her throw a drink at the audience member and hitting him, before returning to the stage saying, “that’s what you do when a white boy disrespects you.”
FLY, Cambridge’s forum for women and non-binary people of color, lamented the treatment of Nokia during her performance.
“It is with frustration and anger that we react towards the disgraceful public display of sexism and misogynoir directed at Cambridge University Charity Fashion Show’s headline act, Princess Nokia. As representatives of the CUSU BME Campaign and women of color network, FLY, we must emphasize that the humiliation experienced by Princess Nokia onstage is all too common in the daily experiences of women of color at Cambridge.”
FLY caught up with Nokia backstage after the incident, where the rapper told the blog she could “see him mouthing dirty obscenities like, show me your tits,” regarding the harasser. She declared she had a “zero tolerance” policy concerning “instances of sexism and sexual harassment.” Though she was remorseful of having to cut her set short, Nokia felt that her safety and comfort were severely compromised, according to FLY. The blog also called for recognition of the happening, lest it become another example of silencing and turning a blind eye toward the harassment of women of color at Cambridge, which they say is a recurring issue.