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What Did Billie Eilish Say? Singer Accused of Using Racial Slur, Mocking Asians

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/17/2021 Ryan Smith
a woman holding a sign posing for the camera: Billie Eilish attends the 2021 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One stream on LiveXLive.com and broadcast on iHeartRadio’s Alternative and Rock stations nationwide on January 28, 2021. The musician has come under fire for a video allegedly showing her using racist language. © Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia Billie Eilish attends the 2021 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One stream on LiveXLive.com and broadcast on iHeartRadio’s Alternative and Rock stations nationwide on January 28, 2021. The musician has come under fire for a video allegedly showing her using racist language.

Billie Eilish is facing backlash, following a compilation video that apparently shows the musician using an Asian slur and mocking accent.

The TikTok video, which was shared by user @lcxvy on Monday, features a compilation of undated clips of the star, where she appears to use the word "c***k"—a slur against people of Chinese descent.

Eilish, 19, is also seen appearing to use a mock Asian accent, while a caption purports that her musician brother Finneas "calls her out for using a blaccent"—or speaking African-American Vernacular English.

No other context was added to the brief video, which has already been viewed thousands of times on the video-sharing platform, as well as shared on Twitter.

While Eilish has yet to publicly address the video, there are growing calls on social media for the "Lovely" singer to issue a public apology.

Earlier this week, Eilish's rumored boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce came under fire for offensive posts that he allegedly wrote on Twitter and Facebook.

Among the historic posts—which were dated between 2011 and 2017 and shared on Twitter after pictures recently emerged of Vorce with Eilish at California's Disneyland— racist and homophobic language is used, while an insult is directed at singer Adele.

Eilish appeared to issue a subtle response to the backlash against Vorce, when she liked an Instagram post criticizing her fan base.

"The post read: "This fandom is so embarrassing sometimes like why would you go in someone's comments and say something that you literally don't even know is true and something y'all LITERALLY MADE UP, sometimes y'all are so dumb. Some of you just need to learn how to mind your business."

On Thursday, the U.K.'s Capital FM reported that Vorce, 29, had issued an apology on his now-private Instagram account.

"I want to apologize for the things that I wrote on social media in the past," he reportedly wrote in an Instagram story post: "The language I used was hurtful and irresponsible and I understand how offensive those words are. Whether it was a lyric, a quote, or just me being dumb, it does not matter."

"I am ashamed and deeply sorry that I used them in any context,' the actor went on. "It is not how I was raised and it is not what I stand for.

"I shouldn't have used this language in the first place and won't use it again. I am so sorry for the hurt I have caused. I take full responsibility and continue to hold myself accountable for my actions."

Newsweek has contacted representatives for Billie Eilish, Asian Americans for Equality and Stop AAPI Hate for comment.

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