"There was no reason to tweet this"— Internet calls out music journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy over Diddy post 

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On May 29, music journalist, pop culture expert, and author Sowmya Krishnamurthy took to X and claimed that during her time working at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records label, she never saw him abusing his former girlfriend and singer Casandra “Cassie” Ventura.

“My first hip-hop internship was at Bad Boy Records. I briefly worked in Diddy’s office when he dated Cassie. It was my dream job. I never saw or experienced abuse. But that’s my story. It’s important we don’t get blinded by biases or fandom and let victims share their story,” she wrote.

Since her post emerged online, netizens united to call out Sowmya Krishnamurthy and alleged her downplaying the accusations against Sean Combs. Here are some of the criticisms from X.

“There was no reason to tweet this, Sowmya,” a person wrote.
“Why would you share this? Girl gone move around,” another person wrote.
“Glorified groupie culture vulture,” a third person wrote.
“Did the check clear bc why r u sharing this right now,” one person wrote.
“Internship. So, you worked how many days a week? For limited hours in a day. You didn’t need to chime in. Respectfully,” an individual wrote.
“You could have absolutely not posted this as well. This feels like a desperate claw to be part of a culture that fails to recognize you time and again,” another individual wrote.
“Tell me the diddler paid you without telling me the diddler paid you,” one person wrote.
“You could have kept your story. The “victim” shared their story, and there was also a video,” a netizen wrote.

Sowmya Krishnamurthy’s tweet on Diddy comes in the wake of Rolling Stone’s expose article on the music mogul published on May 28. Besides doubling down on previous assault allegations and other s*xual misconduct, it also reported brand-new claims about Diddy.

For instance, Diddy allegedly beat his girlfriend during his two-year tenure at Howard University in the late 1980s and The Notorious B.I.G was reportedly about to leave Bad Boy Records, right before he was tragically murdered.

The Rolling Stone article also mentioned that Diddy allegedly has ties to the infamous drug cartel Black Mafia Family and was reportedly involved in a violent altercation with late music executive Shakir Stewart, among other claims.

Exploring Sowmya Krishnamurthy’s follow-up tweets on Diddy

In the face of backlash under her own original post, Sowmya Krishnamurthy defended herself in the comment section by writing:

“Several of our industry colleagues have spoken about how they greatly admired or worked for Puff. Because of this, they were/are hesitant to speak out. ‘He was cool with me, so…’ Personal biases or professional opportunities shouldn’t cloud discourse and criticism."

The following day, she further explained herself to anyone who “misread” her initial posts and tried to “clarify with context.” She claimed that she knew people in the hip-hop/ music industry who “did/do not want to speak about Puff because he treated them well or helped them professionally.”

Sowmya Krishnamurthy wrapped up by saying:

“However, just because someone is cool to you doesn’t mean they can’t be a monster. It’s imperative to not be biased and allow victims to speak their truth. ‘He was nice to me.’ or ‘I’m a big fan’ is often used to defend abusers and that’s not okay.”

These posts also garnered enough traction on the platform, with many pointing out that she was downplaying the ongoing Diddy controversy.

Besides interning at Bad Boy Records during the start of her career, Sowmya Krishnamurthy also wrote about Diddy’s cultural impact in her 2023 non-fiction Fashion Killa: How Hip-Hop Revolutionized High Fashion.

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