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Billie Eilish Defends Herself Against Racism

A video of Billie mouthing along to Tyler

Billie Eilish apologises for mouthing racist anti-Asian slur in old resurfaced video
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Billie Eilish's career has taken off in the previous several years. The adolescent, who has already won numerous Grammy Awards, is now facing one of the most difficult difficulties of her life: defending her name against racial allegations.

It all started when a Twitter user modified a video and shared it. Billie makes a racial remark in the video.

Billie, unlike many other celebs, was quick to address the situation, and her answer is quite relatable. She was a young teen in the video, mouthing along to a song with remarks she didn't realize was offensive at the time.

The video has been viewed over a million times

The video has been doing the rounds for at least a week. A TikTok user named @lcxvy released a version that has been viewed over a million times. The user went on to say that she is a tremendous fan of Eilish in subsequent posts. She went on to say that rather than trying to "cancel" the artist, she wanted Eilish to address the recordings.

@lcxvy said she was delighted Eilish answered after she apologized, adding that it's "understandable and wonderful she say anything."

The backlash to the video has resulted in an unexpected burst of media attention for Eilish, who is gearing up for the release of her second album in late July.

Despite the fact that some elements of the compilation video appear questionable — such as tweets from 2009, when Billie would have been only 7 years old - her admirers demanded answers. And Billie didn't waste any time in delivering them.

"I adore you guys, and many of you have asked me to speak up against this. And it's something I'd like to talk about since I'm being categorized as something I'm not "she stated

"There's a video clip floating around of me when I was 13 or 14 when I muttered a word from a song that I had no idea was a pejorative term used against Asian people at the time," she explained. "I'm disgusted and embarrassed, and I want to puke because I ever said that phrase." She also stated that at the time, she had no idea what the word meant.

Eilish claims she was speaking nonsense and not making fun of anyone.

Another contentious scene in the video is Eilish speaking in a way that many viewers see as mimicking a thick Asian accent. Eilish claims she was "speaking in a silly gibberish made up voice," something she has done "when talking to my dogs, friends, and family" since she was a toddler.

"It's complete nonsense and just me messing around," Eilish adds, adding that it's "in no way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST." "Anyone who knows me knows that I've spent my entire life messing around with voices."

"I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word," says Billie Eilish after an old video emerged showing her mouthing along to a racist slur in a song.
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"I did not plan for any of my acts to have caused hurt to others," Eilish says at the end of her apology. "It completely breaks my heart that it is now being branded in a way that would bring grief to people hearing it."

She goes on to say that she has tried to use her notoriety and position to promote inclusion, kindness, tolerance, and equality.