Billie Eilish Apologizes After Video Of Her Mouthing Anti-Asian Slur Resurfaces
Billie Eilish apologized this week after a year-old video resurfaced showing the words to a song with an anti-Asian bow.
On Monday, the seven-time Grammy winner released an in-depth statement on her Instagram stories addressing the controversial clip that went viral after being uploaded to TikTok and other social media platforms.
“When I was 13 or 14, there was a videotape of me saying a word from a song I didn't know at the time was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community she wrote. “I'm horrified and embarrassed and want to puke that I've ever used that word. This song was the only time that I have ever heard this word as it was not used by anyone in my family around me. "
"Regardless of my ignorance then and age then, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful," she added. "And I'm sorry."
The compilation video shows Eilish singing along to Tyler, the creator's 2011 song "Fish" which includes the lyrics: "Slip it in her drink, and in the flash of a eye / I can make a white girl look chink . "
In her note, the singer also commented on a section of the video that appears to show that she is speaking with an accent that some found disrespectful to Asians.
"It's absolute gibberish and just me fooling around and is in no way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent or culture in the LIGHTEST," she wrote. "No matter how it has been interpreted, I didn't want my actions to hurt others and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is now being labeled in a way that could cause pain to the people who hear it."
The news comes as Eilish prepares to release a new album called "Happier Than Ever" on July 30th. The highly anticipated 2019 sequel "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" contains the songs "My Future" and "Your Power", both of which have already reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.
Still, the early stages of the album's introduction were not without controversy. The music video for "Lost Cause," released earlier this month, featured Eilish at a slumber party with a group of women.
The singer marked the video's debut with an Instagram post titled "I love girls," which led some on social media to accuse her of "queerbaiting."
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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