Just a few days ago, a TikTok user posted two videos showing a new, rather nasty, side of Billie Eilish.
In the videos, the musician used racial slurs and mocked Asian people. Now, she claims that her behavior made her “want to barf.”
Billie Eilish releases a statement
Eilish claims she is “appalled and embarrassed” after the videos showed up showing her at the age of 13 or 14 singing along to the anti-Asian song.
The songstress released a statement, claiming that she is “being labeled something that I am not.”
The statement reads:
“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 is that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.”
Billie denied mocking Asian accents or speaking in “Blaccent.” Instead, she said she was “speaking in a silly gibberish made up voice.”
Eilish further said on Instagram:
“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.”
She acknowledged that she used slur without knowing its meaning.
Eilish is not off the hook
Taking to Instagram, the young musician added that “it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it.”
Among her final words, Billie said:
“I not only believe in, but have always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity, and equality.”
The TikTok videos caused quite the controversy, and many people are still not satisfied with her response. Some wanted to know which song was she singing. It was an actual song from 2011, Fish by Tyler the Creator.
Billie did not address recent accusations of queerbaiting. Regardless, here is the Instagram story apology in full:
Of course, there is a chance that Eilish will do better. After all, it is not about your words as much as it is about your actions when it comes to apologies.