Billie Eilish Apologises For Using Asian Slurs In An Old Video
Billie Eilish apologises for a ‘derogatory term’ against Asians after an old video resurfaces. She says that the video in which she mouthed an anti-Asian slur was made when she was in her early teens.
She added that she did not know its meaning at the time and is ‘appalled and embarrassed’ to have used it.
The spliced video also has a clip of her speaking gibberish, which was seen as her mocking an Asian accent. Billie Eilish clarifies that the second half of the video was ‘just (her) goofing around’.
Last week, Billie Eilish was at the centre of a controversy after a video of her singing along to Tyler, the Creator’s song Fish resurfaced online. She could be heard mouthing an anti-Asian slur.
On Tuesday, Billie Eilish took to Instagram to share a lengthy statement. She wrote:
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. There’s a video edit going around of me when I was 13 or 14 where I mouthed a word from a song that at the time I didn’t know 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. 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 that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.
Addressing the other half of the video, in which Billie was accused of mocking Asian accents, she clarifies:
The other video in that edited clip is me speaking in a silly gibberish made-up voice… something I started doing as a kid and has done my whole life when talking to my pets, friends, and family. 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. Anyone who knows me has seen me goofing around with voices my whole life. 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. I not only believe in but have always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity and equality. We all need to continue having conversations, listening, and learning. I hear you and I love you. Thank you for taking the time to read this.