Ice Spice, the rising hip-hop artist, recently released the music video for her track “Deli,” featured in her deluxe album Like..?. The visual, predominantly shot in a bodega, showcases various women twerking. However, the video has faced significant backlash due to the participation of 16-year-old TikToker, Aya Tanjali, who is seen twerking on all fours on a counter in multiple scenes.
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Social media users, particularly on Twitter, expressed outrage over the inclusion of a minor in such a manner. Comments condemning the decision flooded the platform, with some users questioning Ice Spice’s judgment and concern for the teenager’s participation.
yeah you mad weird for having a 16 year old child doing all that in your mv i'm not even gonna hold you https://t.co/8bTGWM5b0Y— 🆕 (@fterlike) July 26, 2023
It’s sad how normalized pedophilia is in the music industry, truly disgusting https://t.co/XBcmxzUgxF— Harry 😉 (@HHT_Harry) July 27, 2023
The situation has brought attention to the responsibilities of artists when creating music videos and the need for careful consideration of the individuals involved, especially minors. The incident has sparked a conversation about the influence and impact artists hold over their audience, particularly younger viewers, in the digital age.
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