Since reuniting late last year, the Pussycat Dolls have received a lot of backlash for their racy on-stage attire and provocative performances. It all started when the songstresses performed on The X Factor in the U.K. in December, which was their first show. With each new appearance since their comeback, they have continued to face a lot of negative comments from people who believe their sexy image isn’t appropriate.
According to Music News, group members, Ashley Roberts, recently responded to the negativity and gave critics a piece of her mind.
“Someone told me that within the stage of me as a woman that I shouldn’t be sexy and I’m like ‘f**k off’,” she said.
“Magic Mike comes on and everyone loves it but women do it and we’re called prostitutes.”
Roberts insisted that she and group members Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt, and Jessica Sutta aren’t phased by those who constantly try to tear them down — they believe they have nothing to prove and just want to enjoy themselves when on stage together.
“I want to embrace the fact that I’m a woman getting to go back out with my girls as that sometimes doesn’t happen,” Roberts continued.
“We have nothing to prove we just want to go out there and have some fun again. I want to be sexy when I’m like 90!”
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Scherzinger also previously responded to the criticism by expressing that sexiness comes from a place of confidence and that the group’s intention behind everything is to inspire other women.
Per Digital Spy, The X Factor received over 400 complaints after the Pussycat Dolls’ performance aired.
Those who watched the show also took to social media to express their opinion. Some users believed The Pussycat Dolls’ performance was too risque for children while others admitted that they loved it.
Last month, the group performed their latest single, “React,” on The One Show which was described as “too sexy for teatime,” The Sun reported. The BBC received over 100 complaints after they explained that they worked with the band to ensure their performance was suitable for everyone watching.
The Pussycat Dolls’ comeback was announced with a U.K. and Ireland arena tour, which the “Don’t Cha” entertainer’s have been forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first show take place on October 19 at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle, England before the singers visit various other cities across the U.K., including London where they will play the iconic O2 Arena.
Original member Melody Thornton will not be taking part.