What you say in the past comes back to haunt you, especially in this digital age and Billie Eilish knows that very well. The 19-year-old was recently accused of racism by the internet and Asians, suffering a lot of backlash as videos of her older interviews resurfaced.
Billie Eilish recently gave an interview in which she talks about growing up in the public eye, emphasizing that almost everyone is ashamed of their past, regardless of who they are. She also commented that she was weirded out by how fans are able to see “every aspect” of her life-
“It’s really weird how the world can see every aspect of your life and reminisce about [it]. It’s so weird.”
“The internet brings up things from everybody’s past and I’m like: ‘Don’t you guys understand that everybody is incredibly embarrassed and ashamed about their past? Like, do you not think about the fact that maybe you’re embarrassed of your past, so maybe everybody else is embarrassed, too?’”
Here’s the apology that Billie Eilish issued for the allegations dubbing her as a racist
In a separate story, Billie Eilish apologized to her fans and the public in an Instagram story for the old videos of her that resurfaced on Twitter and other social media platforms for which she was accused of racism. The videos included clips of Billie imitating and “mocking” the stereotypical Asian accent, another clip shows her lip-syncing a 2011 song by Tyler, The Creator called “Fish”, in which she also sings along to the word “c***k” in one of the verses.
Billie took to Instagram to issue an apology for her racism through the Instagram stories feature, saying that she’s addressing the issue because she was “being labeled something that I (she) am not.”-
“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. I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word.”
Talking about the clip where she lip-syncs to Tyler, The Creator’s “Fish”, Billie apologizes for her “ignorance.”
“This song is the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family. Regardless of the ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry.”
Billie Eilish also called the accusation against her for “mocking” the Asian accent in a resurfaced video “gibberish”, explaining that it was something she “started doing as a kid.”
“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 when talking to my pets, friends, and family. It is absolutely gibberish and just me goofing around, and is in NO way imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST.”
Billie concluded with the final message saying that she has always used her platform “to fight for inclusion, kindness, tolerance, equity and equality.”
“We all need to continue having conversations, listening and learning.”
“I hear you and I love you.”