Billie Eilish is undoubtedly one of the most popular singers in the music industry right now. At only 19 years of age, she has dominated the competition and her songs have been chart-toppers for a long time now.
However, Billie Eilish recently came under fire as an old video resurfaced recently, where she could be seen mocking ethnic accents before using the Asian slur word “c***k” to describe Asian people while singing along to the 2011 song “Fish” by Tyler, the Creator.
Billie Eilish recently took to her Instagram story and issued an apology as she went on to explain her actions. Eilish claimed that she was “13 or 14” in the video and “mouthed a word from a song that at the time I didn’t 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.”
Billie Eilish then added that she had never “ever heard” of the word before the song she was singing along to and never heard it used around her but “nothing excuses the fact” that “it is hurtful.” Eilish further stated that she was “in no way” mocking anyone or “any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST” and has always just made up “silly gibberish” voices that she would use around “pets, friends, and family.”
“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 it, but always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity, and equality. We all need to continue having conversations, listening and learning.”
Billie Eilish’s apology comes a few days after her boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce himself apologized for his past insensitive remarks. It is certainly good that Eilish owned up to her mistakes and will do better from now on.