Billie Eilish has apologised after a video resurfaced on social media of her mouthing an anti-Asian racial slur while lip-syncing to Tyler, The Creator’s 2011 track, ‘Fish’.
An edited compilation video went viral on TikTok earlier this month which captures Eilish mouthing the slur. Another clip sees the singer speaking in an array of accents, which has been interpreted as having racial connotations. However, Eilish has denied the latter and said the accents were “silly gibberish”.
“I love you guys, and many of you have been asking me to address this. And this is something that I WANT to address because I’m being labelled something that I am not,” she wrote on social media.
“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 used against members of the Asian community,” Eilish continued. “I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word.”
Adding: “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.”
“The other video in that edited clip is me speaking in a silly gibberish made up voice,” she maintained. “Something I started doing as a kid and have done my whole life when talking to my pets, friends and family. 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. 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 labelled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it.”
The singer concluded the post by saying she wants “to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity and equality” and told her fans to “continue having conversations, listening and learning”.