Both Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels — hosts of the Nickelodeon series Group Chat — have taken to Instagram Stories and apologized for an “offensive” pose in past photos that recently resurfaced online.
“It has been brought to my attention that some of my poses that I have done in the past could be offensive to some people! If I had known that it was offensive I would have NEVER done it. If I offended you, I’m truly sorry and will try to be more aware of the poses that I do in the future,” Annie wrote.
In her apology, Jayden said, “It has been brought to my attention that a post I was doing in my prior photos may come off as offensive to the Asian community. I am so sorry if I offended anyone with this pose. I truly had no idea the meaning or that it as offensive. If it had known, I would have never done the pose.”
The 15-year-old added that she would be removing all the past pictures form the social media accounts before adding that she was “truly sorry.”
For those who missed it, the social media influencers came under fire from fans after they did the “fox eye” pose. In a video that has been circulating on Twitter, Annie explained that she pulled her eye’s back in photos to have more of a “fox eye” look. As she wrote in her Instagram Stories apology, the 15-year-old claimed she didn’t know the “trend” was “offensive” when she uploaded the video.
Similarly, Jayden’s past photos were also reposted online, with fans explaining how the “fox eye” look is seen as “racist and offensive.” Just like Annie, Jayden explained that she had “no idea” what the pose meant and assured her 3.2 million followers that she “never meant to offend or upset anyone.”
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