Camila Cabello is the latest victim of internet archaeologists after old racist comments she made years ago has resurfaced and a lot of people are not happy.
Many a celebrity has fallen victim to this phenomenon (usually on Twitter) when people dig deep into their social media accounts to find dirt to throw at them because why not, right? It’s the proverbial ‘what stays on the internet well–stays on the internet forever’.
Cabello had just released her new album but the festivities were put to an abrupt stop when screenshots of the singer’s old Tumblr account went viral. It was evident in the screenshots that the singer had posted racist and offensive comments. The Posts Cabello made was dated 2012 when the young star was waaaay younger.
Her comments contained nasty language including but not exclusively using the N-word and stereotyping towards Black people. The screenshots of Cabello’s Tumblr spread like wildfire and the pop star’s team needed to execute some serious damage control and attempt to wipe out her old Tumblr account.
Cabello herself addressed the issue on her social media and posted a long apology to her fans.
She said that when she was younger, she used harsh language that she is now ashamed of. She added that her past actions will stay with her forever and that she was very ignorant and insensitive. Cabello added that she wished she could take back those words but she knew she couldn’t and stated that before she didn’t know any better but now that she does, this predicament will never repeat itself again.
The singer also shared that those young mistakes does not represent who she is today and that she tries to use her celebrity to speak against inequality and will continue to soldier on in pushing her beliefs. The singer closed with her saying that she can’t apologize enough for what she has said in the past and all she can do is give a heartfelt apology to all the people who got offended and hurt by her words.
Cabello’s apology garnered mixed reactions on Twitter with a horde of people still wanting to roast her. Many came to her defense. Again, Twitter is one of the most tribal places on the internet.
Even after online lines were drawn about this issue, there were still a huge number of people on Twitter that pointed out that this wasn’t the first time Cabello needed to apologize for past behavior. Cabello released a statement back in 2016 when her fans went after her former Fifth Harmony bandmate Normani and harassed her with malicious online racism, leading to a public apology from Cabello.