'I am sorry': Billie Eilish addresses controversy over TikTok montage involving ...

'I am sorry': Billie Eilish addresses controversy over TikTok montage involving ...
'I am sorry': Billie Eilish addresses controversy over TikTok montage involving ...

Billie Eilish has responded to accusations of racial slurs and mocking the accents of Asian people in an montage of clips posted earlier this month on TikTok video.

The 19-year-old singer said she was seeking to address the claims stemming from the clips, which were shared by the user @lcxvy, in which she appeared to say the word 'ch*nk', an offensive slur referring to a person of Chinese descent.

In her statement on Instagram, Eilish said that she was being 'labeled some thing that [she's] not' in connection with the clips.

The latest: Billie Eilish, 19, has responded to accusations of racial slurs and mocking the accents of Asian people in an montage of clips posted earlier this month on TikTok video

The latest: Billie Eilish, 19, has responded to accusations of racial slurs and mocking the accents of Asian people in an montage of clips posted earlier this month on TikTok video

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Details: In her statement on Instagram, Eilish said that she was being 'labeled some thing that [she's] not' in connection with the clips

Details: In her statement on Instagram, Eilish said that she was being 'labeled some thing that [she's] not' in connection with the clips 

'There’s a video edit going around of me when I was 13 or 14 where I’m mouthed the word for the song that at the time I didn’t know it was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community,' she wrote. 'I am appalled and embarrassed I want to barf that I ever mouth belong to that word.

'This song was the only time I’ve ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone and my family. Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.'

The Los Angeles native also addressed a second clip that showed Eilish appearing to mock an Asian accent, while her brother Finneas later called her out for speaking with a 'Black accent.'

The Bad Guy performer said, 'The other video that edited clip is me speaking a silly gibberish made up voice … something I started doing as a kid and I’ve done my whole life when talking to my pets, friends and family. It’s absolutely gibberish and just me goofing around and it is NO way in imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST.'

Defense: She said she used the phrase and at the time, she 'didn’t know it was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community'

Defense: She said she used the phrase and at the time, she 'didn’t know it was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community'

The When the Party's Over artist made clear she had no intention of hurting anyone's feelings in any of the clips

The When the Party's Over artist made clear she had no intention of hurting anyone's feelings in any of the clips

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Eilish said that anyone who knows her is aware that 'goofing around with [her] voice is [her] whole life.'

The When the Party's Over artist made clear she had no intention of hurting anyone's feelings in any of the clips.

'Regardless of how it was interpreted I did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others and now it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it,' she said. 'I not only believe in, but I’ve always worked hard to use my platform to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity and equality.

She wrapped up in saying, '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.' 

'This is so f***ed up!': Billie Eilish has come under fire for 'mocking Asian accents' and saying 'ch*nk' in resurfaced videos, just days after being caught up in a 'queerbaiting' scandal

'This is so f***ed up!': Billie Eilish has come under fire for 'mocking Asian accents' and saying 'ch*nk' in resurfaced videos, just days after being caught up in a 'queerbaiting' scandal 

While may fans of the singer were left shocked by the footage, with some calling on her to be 'cancelled', others blamed the content on Billie having Tourette syndrome - which causes involuntary tics. 

Billie revealed in 2018 that she has the disorder, but said that she exhibits physical tics, not verbal.

Shocked fans took to social media after the videos emerged to pen: 'wait billie eilish mocked asian people and it’s on video'; 'billie eilish mocking black and asian accents is so gross'; ' billie eilish has been racist to asians on multiple occasions (saying the c slur and mocking asian languages) but no one ever talks about it. [sic]'. 

Another added: 'no longer fan of billie eilish after she mocked asians and there accents. shes so f****ed up , thats why so much asian hate if covid 19 hasnt made ppl nuts already ppl stil ldisrespect based on culture and ethnicity now'; ' I liked her [so much] I'm so disappointed'. 

MailOnline has contacted Billie's representatives for comment. 

Shocking: A TikTok video on Monday compiles undated clips of the 19-year-old singer appearing to say the word 'ch*nk', an offensive slur referring to a person of Chinese descent

Shocking: A TikTok video on Monday compiles undated clips of the 19-year-old singer appearing to say the word 'ch*nk', an offensive slur referring to a person of Chinese descent

Uncomfortable scenes: A second clip shows Billie appearing to mock an Asian accent

Shocking: Viewers were outraged by the clips

Uncomfortable scenes: A second clip shows Billie appearing to mock an Asian accent

 

Shocking: Fans were left outraged after witnessing the video

Shocking: Fans were left outraged after witnessing the video

The controversy comes just days after Billie found herself embroiled in another scandal. 

Last week, she was  accused of queerbaiting by confused followers after she shared a slew of behind-the-scenes snaps from her Lost Cause video.

In the images the singer frolics with her female pals at a party and puts on an animated display sticking out her tongue while they all pose closely together.

However after sharing the edgy pictures with the caption 'I love girls', Billie came under fire in the comments with some of her 86.9m fans questioning her actions.

A TikTok user with the handle Wap.Lover uploaded a message in which she penned: 'Acting sexual with girls to draw in more audience is gross.' 

Claims: Billie was recently accused of queerbaiting by some confused followers after she shared behind-the-scenes snaps from her Lost Cause video

Claims: Billie was recently accused of queerbaiting by some confused followers after she shared behind-the-scenes snaps from her Lost Cause video

'I love girls': Several of the singer's followers were left baffled by her caption, with some making the queerbaiting accusations and some suggesting she was coming out

'I love girls': Several of the singer's followers were left baffled by her caption, with some making the queerbaiting accusations and some suggesting she was coming out

Some music lovers suggested Billie might be coming out in the post and others praised her video saying she looked 'confident' and 'stunning as ever'.

Despite the praise, others were a little uneasy about it and wrote: 'Funny she is posting this in June, pride month. Bestie you better not be queer baiting.'

And another added: 'Bye I literally cannot. It's like if she's coming out good for her but if she claims to be straight after this, bestie it's queer baiting sorry...' 

While a third put: 'I really hope this isn't queer baiting'. 

A TikTok user with the handle Wap.Lover uploaded a message in which she penned: 'Acting sexual with girls to draw in more audience is gross.'

A TikTok user with the handle Wap.Lover uploaded a message in which she penned: 'Acting sexual with girls to draw in more audience is gross.'

Elsewhere in the comments section, Billie's fans debated whether she was using the post and caption to discuss her sexuality.

One person replied: 'Wait wait wait, is this a come out??????'

'Uhm this better be you coming out cause I've been simping [crushing] my whole life', wrote another. 

Urban Dictionary defines queerbaiting as: 'A marketing technique used to attract queer viewers that involves creating romantic or sexual tension between two same-sex characters but never making it canon or evolving on it.'

Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer at GLAAD, added to the idea saying it can sometimes also be called 'gaybaiting'.

Reaction: Despite many music lovers praising her snaps, others were a little uneasy with one writing: 'Funny she is posting this in June, pride month. Bestie you better not be queer baiting'

Reaction: Despite many music lovers praising her snaps, others were a little uneasy with one writing: 'Funny she is posting this in June, pride month. Bestie you better not be queer baiting'

What is queerbaiting? 

Urban Dictionary defines queerbaiting as: 'A marketing technique used to attract queer viewers that involves creating romantic or sexual tension between two same-sex characters but never making it canon or evolving on it.'

The term is also used regarding the music industry when artists seem to use their sexuality or hint at it to attract fans, without disclosing their sexuality.

Singers who have been accused of queerbaiting previously include Rita Ora, after releasing her song Girls, and Ariana Grande after releasing Monopoly. 

Recently, actress Dove Cameron revealed part of the reason she came out as bisexual was because fans thought she was engaging in queerbaiting. 

TV shows have also faced accusations of queerbaiting, with viewers of The 100 and  Supernatural previously debating characters, reports the BBC.

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