Pop star Shawn Mendes might be in some big trouble. A photo posted on the Canadian born singer’s Instagram page back in 2012 is starting to go viral after fans noticed that Shawn used the n-word in his caption to describe his friend, Kareem. The caption said, “A regular day with m n—– Kareem.” He has yet to acknowledge his old photo using the insensitive racial slur, but fans who commented on the pic are ready to see it deleted. One wrote, “Delete Shawn before this comes to haunt you hoe.” And another commenter said, “DELETE THIS UGLY.”
As upset as fans are in the comments section — and most likely even more people if the photo keeps garnering attention — he wouldn’t be the first non-Black artist to receive backlash over using the n-word. Just recently, Jake Paul was outed for using the term when an old video surfaced of the YouTube sensation freestyle rapping while hanging out with his friends during Coachella weekend last year.
Early in the video — about seven seconds in to be exact — Jake rapped, “little a– n—-s” and later on said, “I whip it like my n—- Richie Vetter, he make the p—y so wet it gets wetter.” While Jake never commented on his video, it’s unclear what measures Shawn will take considering he doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to apologizing for insensitive social media posts.
At the end of 2016, Shawn — who has still yet to address this situation, either — came under fire after he posted a photo of himself and his “afro” on Snapchat. Fans claimed he was “racist” for comparing his own hair to an afro. And while his afro comment didn’t sit well with fans, the 2012 photo using the n-word definitely won’t either.
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