The sensation on social media JoJo Siwa was nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award this year and has been a key member of the Nickelodeon family since 2017.
So why was she not invited to the 2022 Kids’ Choice Awards?
On Saturday, Siwa revealed via TikTok that she did not receive a ticket to the Nickelodeon awards show after fans noticed her absence from Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar airport and event venue.
“Many of you have asked me why I’m not at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards tonight, and the answer is very simple: I was not invited,” Siwa explained in a short video.
“I’m not sure why. But I just did not get an invitation.”
Although the 18-year-old record artist has not personally wondered why she was excluded from the ceremony, fans have put forward some theories – which Siwa has retweeted. Siwa was nominated for Favorite Social Music Star at the 2022 ‘Kids’ Choice Awards.
“The only year @itsjojosiwa was not invited to the Kids Choice Awards is when she comes out and cuts her hair ?????” someone wrote in a tweet resubmitted by Siwa. “Sus @nickelodeon.”
“Obsessed with the celebrities of teenage girls who do not take s – from their network of employment and refuse to be anything other than themselves,” read another tweet shared by Siwa. “Being connected to a children’s channel should not mean you have to stop being yourself. @Itsjojosiwa and @oliviarodrigo You are all my heroes.”
(Teen pop phenomenon Olivia Rodrigo – who got her start on the Disney Channel and now stars in Disney +’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” – won the Kids’ Choice Awards for breakout artist and female TV star. )
Nickelodeon did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment on Monday.
As noted by Siwa’s supporters, the 2022 Kids’ Choice Awards aired on Nickelodeon after the “J Team” star emerged as a member of the LGBTQ + community in January 2021. She later identified herself as a pansexual in a People 2021 magazine profile. and added that she tends to refer to herself as “gay because it just kind of covers it up or queer because I think the keyword is cool.”
In August, Siwa wrote history as half of the first same-sex couple on “Dancing With the Stars.” And a few days ago, the “Boomerang” singer replaced her characteristic blonde ponytail with a pixie cut.
In recent months, Siwa has used her platform to inspire LGBTQ + children by talking openly about her sexuality in interviews, waving the Pride flag and rocking rainbow costumes on her DREAM concert tour.
“I’ve never had so much support from the world,” she told People last year.
“I think it’s the first time I’ve felt so personally happy. … Performing has always made me super happy. … I’m so proud to be me.”
Rebellion over Siwa’s glaring exclusion from this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards comes about a month after “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler similarly revealed she was not invited to the 2022 Academy Awards – despite playing the female lead in a nominated best film.
After a wave of shock and outrage, the film academy invited Zegler to attend the Oscars as a presenter.
On Sunday, Siwa posted an Instagram slideshow where she modeled her freshly cut hairstyle with the text “Today is a GOOD day (especially compared to yesterday).”
See more reactions to Siwa’s TikTok video below.