In what we can only assume have been a few trying weeks for Billie Eilish, the pop singer is now being scrutinized again. This time for something she did as a pre-teen.
Recently a TikTok post that has made the rounds on social media appears to feature an old video of the singer. In the video, Eilish is mouthing the words to the song “Fish” by Tyler the Creator that features some offensive language including a racial slur. In another portion of the video, she is doing an impression that seemingly mocked people of Asian descent.
On Monday, Eilish took to her Instagram to apologize to her fans via her story. “i [sic] love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this and this is something i WANT to address because i’m being labeled something I am not,” the artist established.
“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 and used against members of the asian community,” Eilish wrote. “i am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that i ever mouthed along to that word.”
The singer continued, “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 is that it was hurtful. and for that i am sorry.”
As far as the impression in question is concerned, Eilish responded, “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 have done my whole life,” Eilish stated. “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.”
The singer then went on to speak about how all of this has affected her, “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”
Eilish continues, “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.”
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