Fans are shocked at the discovery of old posts by singer Shawn Mendes. The posts consist of racist remarks made by the singer. He later apologized for the old posts.
Shawn Mendes has shared a formal apology for controversial social media posts from his past.
“I posted some racially insensitive comments on social media when I was younger, and I am so sorry,” the Canadian singer wrote in a message shared via social media. “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 complete inclusivity, equality, & love.”
Mendes’ statement comes as he took some heat on social media for a response he gave a fan during a recent Q&A session when she asked why he has not addressed criticism of the tweets. He appeared to downplay and deflect blame for the tweets.
“I just think that a lot of things need to be moved on from,” Mendes replied. “But I also think that the things that [you] saw, like, I had friends when I was 14 who would, like, take my phone and, like, post things of them and, like, 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. 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 that I said in the past, but with that being said, yeah, I think that’s not my personality.”
The racially insensitive tweets have been deleted. In October 2013, Mendes told a female friend via Twitter: “I can see the black coming out in you.” In a March 2013 tweet to a friend, Mendes said: “I’m black, burnt up ya knoe.”
In a 2012 Instagram post, he captioned a photo of a black friend: “”A regular day with mah n***er Kareem.”