Billie Eilish Controversy of Disrespect for Asians… “Torn eyes”

Generation Z icon Billie Eilish has been accused of racism. Photo|British Vogue, Irish SNS

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish (20) has been embroiled into a controversy over racism for ridiculing Asians.

The British Daily Mail reported that on the 17th (local time) on TikTok, a video showing Billie Eilish speaking ‘chink’, a derogatory word for Asians, or mimicking Chinese tones is spreading. The video was introduced together.

The video contains Billie Eilish’s mouth as if speaking the word ‘chink’ and clumsily mimicking Chinese, but the pronunciation is not clear. It has not been confirmed whether the video posted by a netizen is authentic or when and under what circumstances it was filmed.

Billie Eilish fans were reportedly shocked by the video. However, some fans denied the allegation of using racist words, saying that Billie Eilish suffers from ‘Tourette Syndrome’. Tourette’s syndrome refers to abnormal movements or strange sounds that move parts of the body rapidly without one’s knowledge for no particular reason.

However, the Daily Mail countered, “Billy Eilish revealed in 2018 that she had Tourette Syndrome, but said that she had motor tics, not vocal tics.”

Billie Eilish has been accused of using racist words. Photo|TikTok Capture

Billie Eilish has been accused of using racist words. Photo|TikTok Capture

Billie Eilish has yet to comment on the video.

Earlier, Billie Eilish was caught up in dating rumors when she was spotted with actor Matthew Tyler Boss. Among them, Matthew Tyler Boss was reported to have made racist remarks against Asians and blacks through social media in the past, and Billie Eilish was also criticized.

Matthew Tyler Boss tweeted, “I want to apologize for the posts I’ve posted on social media in the past. The language I used hurt a lot of people. It was really irresponsible and I understand how offensive it is.”

The disappointment is growing when Billie Eilish’s racism controversy broke out.

Billie Eilish is ‘Cinderella of the Grammys’, which swept four main awards at last year’s Grammy Awards and won five. It is enjoying a sensational popularity among Generation Z (the generation born between the mid-90s and early 2000s) around the world. Decorating the cover of Vogue in a corset, she continued to make bold remarks such as, “It’s okay if you look okay whether you show your body or not. Don’t let anyone own me.”

[Yang So-young, Star Today reporter]

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