“I want to apologize for a previous tweet where I was seeking to make fun of a certain stereotype (a gaslighting lanky skater white boy) but was far too easy to be read as me making fun of those who are victims of gaslighting and abusive relationships,” the 18-year-old wrote.
He continued in another post, “I completely apologize and will continue to work on thinking before I tweet. Gaslighting isn’t ok or the butt of a joke. It’s emotional abuse. I’ve been gaslit and manipulated through a relationship before. I should know better. Thank you for calling me out and helping me grow.”
The former Disney Channel seemingly star referred to himself as a “scrawny tall white boy” who should “really learn to skate and start gaslighting people,” according to the since-deleted tweet that was screenshotted and reposted by fans. For those who don’t know, gaslighting is a term used to describe a form of manipulation or abuse, often in a relationship, which causes the victim to question their sanity.
Naturally, after fans saw Joshua’s initial tweet, they were quick to slam the actor for his actions. One person asked, “Hey what’s this? Care to give a little info?” along with a screenshot of the initial post. He responded to most of the replies calling him out and directed them to his lengthy apology.
“I have learned and had growth, and I appreciate everyone calling me out on it. I apologize here,” he responded to a fan. He then added, “From the thread: ‘Will continue to work on thinking before I tweet.’ But you’re exactly right: Public accountability means nothing without growth and I’ve consistently committed myself to growth. I’m 18 and still figuring it out but should know better in the first place.”
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