On 15 June, Misha B, real name Misha Bryan, shared her experience of being painted as an “angry black girl” while appearing on the talent series in 2011, describing how comments made by Contostavlos and Louis Walsh left her suicidal.
In response, N-Dubz singer Contostavlos issued two apologies, with a second one coming in the form of a lengthy Instagram post shared on Wednesday (24 June) in which she insisted there was “nothing racial in my thought process”.
Seemingly in response, Bryan wrote in a since deleted tweet: “I heard you the first time. LOUD AND CLEAR. You can stop shouting now Karen.”
She continued: “You and I have zero things in common. Two different kinds of women. My upbringing and yours are totally different. Also the c**ns and uncle Toms you have recruited for damage control can’t save you.”
In later tweets that are still on her page, Bryan tweeted: “At this point it’s comical. The continued gaslighting. The assumptions. The Karen’s on duty. The uncle Toms. The blatant disregard.”
At this point it’s comical.
The continued gaslighting.
The Karen’s on duty.
The uncle Toms.
The blatant disregard.
— 🎨🖖🏾THE MELANINJA 🖖🏾🎨 (@IamMishaB)
The term “Uncle Tom” comes from the 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and makes reference to a black person who sees themselves lesser than white people or betrays their cultural allegiance to their own race.