Singer Billie Eilish apologizes for her behavior from years ago after recordings of the singer acting in a racist manner were leaked to the Internet. “I’m appalled and ashamed, I want to puke,” wrote Eilish in an apology.
The multiple Grammy Award winner, on a recording posted on the Internet from years ago, moved her lips to a song that contained insults against Asians. On another published recording, she presented an accent that some people found offensive to Asians.
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In a statement posted on Instagram, the 20-year-old singer said she “did not know at the time that it was an offensive term” used against people in the Asian community. “I am appalled and ashamed, I feel like puking when I realize that I was moving my lips to this word” – she added.
On the disclosed recording, Bille Eilish was about 13 years old. “Age and the lack of knowledge at the time do not justify me. It hurt someone and I apologize for that,” she wrote. She also stated that the song heard on the video was “the only time she heard the word because no one in her family used it.”
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About the clip where she uses an accent, Elilish wrote that she spoke in a “stupid, imaginary voice” and this is something she has been doing since childhood talking to “animals, friends and family”. “This … is by no means an imitation of anyone or any language, accent or culture in the slightest,” she said. “Everyone who knows me has seen me goofing around with my voices all my life. No matter how it was interpreted, I didn’t want my actions to hurt others,” she added.
“I label the person I am not,” Billie Eilish said. “I have always worked hard to use the stage to fight for kindness, tolerance, justice and equality” – emphasized the singer.
Following a series of attacks on Americans of Asian descent in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, US President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crime Act in May.
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