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YouTuber Emma Chamberlain faced a lot of criticism over the weekend after she shared an Instagram photo where she seemed to be mocking Asian people.
The 19-year-old posted a photo where she is posing in a way that has been used to demean Asian people. Many immediately spoke out about the offensive picture. "Personally as an Asian, Emma Chamberlain’s post made me uncomfortable," one person wrote on Twitter. "The whole 'fox eye' trend isn’t cute in general. People have been slanting their eyes as a way to mock Asians for years and I’ve literally had people purposely slant their eyes when I tell them I’m Asian."
In response to the backlash, Emma deleted the photo and issued an apology on Twitter. "Its come to my attention that some thought I was posing in an insensitive way in my recent Instagram post," she wrote. "That was NOT my intention at all and I'm so sorry to those who were hurt by it. I love and appreciate you all so much."
its come to my attention that some thought i was posing in an insensitive way in my recent instagram post. that was NOT my intention at all and im so sorry to those who were hurt by it. i love and appreciate you all so much
— emma (@emmachamberlain) June 21, 2020
But the situation didn't end there. In the middle of all of this, another photo of Emma started floating around. It came from one of her old YouTube videos and out of context, it seemed like the YouTuber was doing Blackface by purposefully darkening her skin. In order to address the issue, Emma took to Twitter once again.
"There is a screenshot circulating from one of my videos a few years ago where I used a foundation shade that wasn't my proper color," she began. "I want to give some context, this was in a video where I was giving myself a makeover using dollar store products. I grabbed the wrong shade by accident and didn't realize the shade was incorrect until I was already putting it on."
Emma explained that she got comments on the video saying it was "insensitive and hurtful," so she took it down a few years ago and used it as an opportunity to educate herself.
"I have learned so much over the past few years and I am so grateful for that," she continued. "Thank you guys for helping me learn. I would never EVER do something intentional to disrespect anyone. I am learning and growing everyday, and I TRULY apologize."
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