He wrote, “I posted some racially insensitive comments on social media when I was younger, and I am so sorry. I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were. There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for inclusivity, equality, & love.”
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) August 24, 2019
It all started when the star was asked about his past remarks by a fan during a recent pre-show Q&A.
“In the past there’s a lot of ignorant tweets I guess I could say, kind of hurtful [things] that you’ve tweeted before. I guess I just wanted to know … why has it never been acknowledged?” the fan asked him.
Fan asks Shawn Mendes why he hasn’t addressed old racially insensitive posts:
“A lot of things I think need to be moved on from, but also I had friends when I was like 14 who would take my phone and post things of them and they thought it was funny…I apologize for everything.” pic.twitter.com/lP49WUzmXi
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 20, 2019
“I didn’t mean to not acknowledge it. I just think that a lot of things need to be moved on from,” the “In My Blood” crooner responded. “But also I had friends when I was like 14 who would take my phone and post things of them and they thought it was funny that I had [a lot of followers]. At the time I was not thinking about it, I had no idea that I would [become famous], but that doesn’t make it any better. I apologize for everything insensitive that I said in the past.”
Back in 2012 and 2013, the 21-year-old singer allegedly made offensive racist remarks in some now-deleted tweets. And in February 2019, he came under fire for accidentally liking a Tweet which made fun of transgender people.
“Must of accidentally liked it scrolling down a feed, you know me and I’d never,” he explained. “Sorry.”
Must of accidentally liked it scrolling down a feed, you know me & I’d never. Sorry https://t.co/UXAe7F0eYH
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) February 4, 2019
Shawn also faced backlash in August 2019 for refusing to help a fan come out as bisexual to her parents.
“Your parents are your parents. They’re gonna love you no matter what you say, no matter how you say it or how you look when you say it, any time of day. Nothing I say is going to mean anything that is even close to what you say, OK?” the Canadian cutie told the fan. “You’re their world. I cannot possibly come close to the amount of joy and happiness that they’re gonna feel when they find out that you’re telling them your truth and your honesty. Don’t ask me to do that. I would if I thought that it was a better thing to do. But I know in my heart it’s not. I know that your parents are gonna just love you more for being honest with them.”
We’re so glad that Shawn apologized for the resurfaced tweets.
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