Yikes. Shawn Mendes blamed his old racist tweets on his friends, and fans are pissed that he isn’t taking full responsibility for his actions. The 21-year-old allegedly once tweeted, “I can see the black coming out in you, Lauren!” in response to a friend’s message. He also reportedly tweeted, “Light skinned girls >>,” and “I’m black, burnt up ya knoe [sic].”
One fan had the opportunity to ask him a question during his tour Q&A and decided to give the pop star a chance to explain himself. “So, OK, this is kind of a hard question. I don’t want you to take any offense to it at all, I just kind of wanted to do it for black Twitter, black Shawn stans everywhere, out there. In the past, there are a lot of kind of ignorant tweets I guess you could say, hurtful events of tweets that you have tweeted before,” the person said via a video uploaded by Pop Crave. “I just wanted to know, like, and I think recently it has been deleted. I don’t know who was it — if it was you or it wasn’t — but if it was, or if it wasn’t, why has it never been acknowledged? Why has there never been anything about it? We just kind of want to know because we get a lot of hate for us supporting you, knowing that this has been your past. Not to say that this is you now or anything like that. It’s really important for us to know how you are.”
The handsome hunk explained himself to the audience. “Yeah, of course. A lot of things just need to be moved on from, but I also think that the things that [you] saw, like I had friends when I was 14 who would take my phone and post things of them. They thought it was funny that I had like 2,000 followers, and it was this big thing, and they’d post photos of themselves. At the time, I was just like not thinking about it.”
He added, “I had no idea I was going to have 50 million followers, which doesn’t make it any better. But, um, yeah, totally. I apologize for everything insensitive I said in the past, but with that being said, yeah, I think that’s not my personality.”
However, some fans were not happy with the “In My Blood” crooner’s response. One person wrote, “A fan asks Shawn Mendes about his racist tweets, and he responds with ‘move on,’” while another person echoed, “So, why did I expect Shawn Mendes to know better than to begin his response to his past online racist f—kery with ‘I just think that a lot of things need to be moved on from’ when he’s never addressed it? Then, [to] go on to blame his friends for every single post made? LOL y’all.” A third person vented, writing, “Shawn Mendes tried to blame his past racist behavior on his friends.”
Welp. Hopefully, Shawn can start a real apology tour ASAP.
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