Billie Eilish sure has some explaining to do. The chart topper has apologized to fans after a video surfaced of her mouthing along to a song with an anti-Asian racial slur. The singer says that she is “appalled and embarrassed” over her behavior. Here’s what you need to know.
The singer, whose talents include looking moody and uninterested all the time, apologized for mouthing a racist slur after questions were raised by an old video of her that quickly went viral on TikTok. Eilish says she is “being labeled something that I am not,” after critics said her actions were insensitive at best and racist at worst.
Billie Eilish Forced To Apologize For Mouthing Asian Slur
The 19-year-old responded to the criticisms over the footage in question, when dates back to when she was 14 years old. In one clip, Eilish mouthed an anti-Asian racist slur and in another video she apparently imitated an accent.
“I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this, and this is something that I WANT to address because I’m being labeled something that I am not,” Eilish began her lengthy note.
Eilish also says that she didn’t know that the slur that she mouthed was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community.
“I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word,” Eilish, 19, continued. “This song was the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family. Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact is that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.”
It was the first time she had heard the term, Eilish explained.
“It is absolute gibberish and just me goofing around, and is in NO way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST,” she wrote.
In another controversial clip in the video, Eilish is seen (and heard) speaking in a way that many viewers see as her mocking a heavy Asian accent.
“Regardless of how it was interpreted I did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it,” added the singer.
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