Emma Chamberlain Comes Under Fire For a Racially Insensitive Instagram Post
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YouTuber Emma Chamberlain got a lot of criticism over the weekend after sharing an Instagram photo that apparently mocked Asians.
The 19-year-old posted a photo of her posing in a way that humiliated Asians. Many immediately spoke about the offensive picture. "As an Asian, Emma Chamberlain's post made me uncomfortable," wrote one person on Twitter. "The whole 'Fox Eye' trend is generally not cute. People have tilted their eyes to mock Asians for years, and I've literally made people intentionally bow their eyes when I tell them I'm Asian am. "
In response to the backlash, Emma deleted the photo and apologized on Twitter. "I noticed that some thought I was posing insensitive in my last Instagram post," she wrote. "That was NOT my intention at all and I am so sorry for those who were hurt by it. I love and appreciate you all so much."
I noticed that some thought I was posing insensitive in my last Instagram post. That was NOT my intention at all and I am so sorry for those who were hurt by it. I love and appreciate you all so much
10:16 p.m. - June 21, 2020
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But the situation didn't end there. Amidst all of this, another photo of Emma was floating around. It came from one of their old YouTube videos and it seemed the YouTuber was doing blackface by deliberately darkening their skin. To fix the problem, Emma went to Twitter again.
"There is a screenshot from one of my videos a few years ago that I used a key that wasn't the right color," she began. "I want to give context, this was in a video where I redesigned myself with Dollar Store products. I accidentally chose the wrong shade and didn't notice that the shade was wrong until I applied it."
Emma said that she had received comments about the video saying it was "insensitive and hurtful". That's why she took it down a few years ago and used it as an opportunity to continue her education.
1:08 a.m. - June 22, 2020
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"I've learned so much in the past few years and I'm very grateful for it," she continued. "Thank you guys for helping me study. I would NEVER do anything to respect someone. I learn and grow every day and REALLY apologize."
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