Jack Whitehall leaves Little Mix's Jesy Nelson red-faced at the BRITs with cheeky joke about THAT famous Jamaican accent gaffe
She became an internet sensation when her attempt at a Jamaican accent emerged online.
And Jack Whitehall left Jesy Nelson red-faced on Wednesday night, when he made a very public joked about the gaffe at the 2018 BRIT Awards.
The comedian, who was hosting proceedings at London's O2 Arena, left her Little Mix band mates and the audience in hysterics with the quip - but the singer, 26, failed to laugh, making for an awkward encounter on-screen.
Awkward: Jack Whitehall left Jesy Nelson red-faced on Wednesday night, when he made a very public joked about her famous Jamaican accent gaffe at the 2018 BRIT Awards
The Bad Education star perched between the girls at their table, as he prepared to introduce more live music to the stage.
In his usually cheeky style however, the comedian, 29, kicked off the interview by joking about Jesy's famous gaffe, instead of their nominations that evening.
He said: 'Last month you hit 3 billion views onYouTube... and only 2 billion of those are people watching you try to do a Jamaican accent, Jesy?'
Playful: The comedian, 29, kicked off the interview by joking about Jesy's gaffe, instead of their nominations (Jade Thirlwall, Jesy, Jack, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards L-R)
Cheeky: He said: 'Last month you hit 3 billion views onYouTube... and only 2 billion of those are people watching you try to do a Jamaican accent, Jesy?'
Oh my god! Bandmate Jade (L) and the audience immediately broke into laughter, while Leigh-Anne and Perrie gasped in shock (R)
Bandmate Jade Thirlwall and the audience immediately broke into laughter, while Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards gasped in shock.
Jesy however was far from amused by the joke, and failed to laugh or even respond - causing Jack to swiftly move on, and ask if their fans will be voting for them tonight.
Clearly red-faced, she awkwardly replied: 'Well I hope so... they're so dedicated and loyal so...'
Jack was referring to Jesy's momentous mishap back in 2014, which saw her go viral online with her attempt at a Jamaican accent.
Awkward: Jesy however was far from amused, and failed to laugh or even respond - causing Jack to swiftly move on and ask if their fans will be voting, while Jade put her head in her hands
Bad to worse: Clearly red-faced, she awkwardly replied: 'Well I hope so... they're so dedicated and loyal so...'
Iconic: Jack was referring to Jesy's momentous mishap back in 2014, which saw her go viral online with her attempt at a Jamaican accent - which came out as gibberish
In the now-infamous moment of garbled nonsense, the brunette beauty paused - before blurting out the gibberish word 'balegdah'.
The awkward joke at the BRITs comes after Jesy was accused of 'cultural appropriation', when she wore her hair in twists.
The Little Mix star shared a snap of herself with her new hairstyle on Monday, leading several fans to claim that she was wearing dreadlocks and as such choosing a style synonymous with black culture.
New look: The awkward joke comes after Jesy was accused of 'cultural appropriation', when she wore her hair in twists
Changing it up: Several fans claimed that she was wearing dreadlocks and as such shunning her typical style (L) and choosing a style synonymous with black culture
Jack Whitehall's best gags at the BRITs
To Liam and Cheryl
'I know it's past his bedtime but is the little fella watching at home? Give him a wave just in case. [Everyone thought he meant baby Bear, until...] 'Hello Niall,' he added.
To Little Mix
Little Mix have three billion views on YouTube. Only two billion of those are people watching you try to do a Jamaican accent Jesy,' he said, referring to when the singer tried and failed to do a Jamaican accent.
To Olly Murs
'That was a controlled blaze by the way. Apparently Olly Murs was in the toilet tweeting about it.'
About Simon Cowell
Audience members held up masks of Kim-Jong Un and Jack said: 'Ladies, remember I said we can't wear that evil dictator's mask live on ITV.'
They then held up Simon Cowell's mask and he quipped: 'Much better. Same haircut.'
To Sam Smith
'If you like Adele songs but find them too upbeat you're in for a treat,' he said
About Paul Cattermole
Jack said: ‘Congratulation Dua Lipa and commiserations to the losers, remember if you don’t win a Brit award tonight you can always buy one on eBay. There ain’t no auction like an S Club auction.’
On Rita and Liam
'ITV hasn't seen that much sexual chemistry since the Trump-Morgan interview'
Cultural appropriation is defined on Urban Dictionary as 'Taking aspects from a minority culture, for it's aesthetics, without knowing the meaning behind. This is often controversial when the appropriated culture was exploited or oppressed by the person 'borrowing'.
People are often insulted and looked down upon for having these features naturally, when someone else is praised for having them, without being from that culture.'
Some of Jesy's followers were offended by the post, commenting: 'jesy i love you but no this is culture appropriation delete it or educate yourselves about cultures'; 'Listen, I love you but this is cultural appropriation and this is not okay'
'i'm crying at everyone here saying 'it's just hair get over it' lmao yall haven't been educated if you think you're somehow entitled to this.
'You have no authority whatsoever to say if people have the right to feel offended by this lol, sit down. jesy i really do love u but delete this'
'Jesy, hun, I love you, but please take this down or write an apology. It may have not been thought about at the time, but this is cultural appropriation. I'm not hating and you do look beautiful, but this hairstyle isn't meant for you
'there is nothing positive about culture appropriation.
'If you don't find it offensive as a black person, that's cool. But that doesn't mean other black people have the same views as you.
'I'm a hardcore little mix Stan, but that doesn't stop me from recognising when my idol has done something wrong. And even if Jesys intentions was not to offend anyone, shes still offend people regardless. [sic]'.
Offended: Following the post, Jesy's Instagram page was flooded with comments debating the issue, with several followers urging her to delete the post
Other fans rushed to her defence, however, reasoning: 'She don't suit it anyway and ffs why is everyone going on about race it's just hair get a life ffs
'Ridiculous, ANYONE can wear their hair however they want, the world has gone mad'.
MailOnline has contacted Jesy's representatives for comment.
Jesy also set social media alight last month when she awkwardly wrote 'and wallah' instead of 'voilà' in an Instagram story proudly displaying her chicken fajita dish.
Gleeful fans hailed the Brit nominee 'a living meme' and 'queen of linguistics' after the wince-inducing spelling mistake, which they declared would go down in 'Little Mix history'.
The mishap instantly became an internet sensation, sparking the hashtag #wallah as fans tweeted their amusement.
Little Minx! Jesy is known for her radiant auburn locks, which help her stand out from her Little Mix bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwell
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