Fox News and Breitbart, who regularly whine about cancel culture, are now leading the charge against the pop star over insensitive comments she made when she was 13 or 14.
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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 im being labeled something that i am not. theres 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 didnt 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 id 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. the other video in that edited clip is me speaking in a silly gibberish made up voice something that i started doing as a kid and have done my whole life when talking to my pets, friends, and family. it is absolutely 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 quality. 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.
Now, speaking as a half-Asian dude (my mother is Korean American), while Eilishs gibberish excuse leaves much to be desired, the broader point here is that no one should be canceled over selectively edited clips of them caricaturing an accent or unwittingly uttering a slur when they were 13 or 14 years old, because then youd have to cancel damn near everyone. Do you remember how unlearned, simpleminded, and reckless you were at 13? Youre supposed to fuck up at that age, because its the only way to learn. But unlike prior generations, kids these days document these youthful fuckups via smartphone video and social media, thereby producing damning artifacts for future generations to dig up and, given the sheer speed of culture in the age of social media, recontextualize and reinterpret.
Im reminded of a similar incident involving Eilishs idol, Justin Bieber. In 2014, a clip surfaced of the pop star as a young teen using the N-word as the punchline to a racist joke. Bieber immediately issued an apology, writing, Im very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake.