DJ Cuppy has spoken about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and in Nigeria.
DJ Cuppy who was a guest at the Pulse studio on Tuesday, she spoke about succeeding in a male-dominated industry, relationships with other female artist and sexual harassment in the Nigeria entertainment industry.
When asked about the new revelations of sexual harassment scandals biting the Hollywood industry and if there are incidents like that in the Nigeria entertainment industry, DJ Cuppy gave her own view which she felt would be a very horrible experience.
“This is such a sensitive thing over here, it’s more like a taboo, even outside the entertainment industry there is so much domestic abuse going out there and people don’t confront it. I definitely can imagine if that goes on for entertainment, it must be really horrible to go through I can’t imagine how painful it is to go through that” she told Pulse.
“Imagine feeling trapped like they aren’t going to play my music anymore or I’m not going to get bookings or shows anymore just because I’m exposing that person, that must be horrible. Its tough but I feel like things are changing, we are really modernizing slowly as a society and I feel like anyone going through this might get more support than they think“she further said.
Speaking of how she is able to succeed in a male dominated industry, DJ Cuppy said “Not to put down all the men watching on Pulse, I feel like men just have too much ego and I feel like realizing this just helps you. I have deejayed for gigs and have had male DJs perform before me or after me, I let them do their thing, I’m not trying to be the biggest person there. It a bit like dating someone, you just kinda pretend to make them feel more important or more valued.
“It’s really difficult being a woman because a lot of times we have to work twice hard to achieve half. I have seen this happen every day, all my managers are females, my interns are females, we have to kick down doors to make things happen so, I have learned to kind of accept and I think like Tiwa Savage said something along the line about how it is.”
She also explained”I met people as a strong confident, young female DJ, it really put people off as a young and black, it was really scaring people. So, I have learned to make people feel comfortable because most times its like people don’t like confident women, it’s almost like it scares them,” she explained
DJ Cuppy shared more light on the relationship Nigeria female artists have between themselves which she explained isn’t so cordial but that she is working hard to bring all of them together
“I do have female fans and I call them cupcakes and a lot of them are very young and they look at me like someone, I went through my education, I haven’t had any scandals and I’m still following my dreams, I’m still in entertainment but I’m living a balanced lifestyle. Having moved back to Nigeria, I’m really seeing the issues between a lot of female artists that’s why I really really really want to be the one to bring back together. I’m friends and cordial with a lot of the female artist even with the female DJs, I’m cool with Nana and super cool with Lambo. I feel like I really don’t know what the issue is, maybe I am different, she revealed.