Amber Liu, f(x) Star, Apologizes After Being Accused of Racism on Twitter
Amber Liu, member of the K-Pop band f(x), is in hot water on Twitter after she made some unsavory and racially insensitive comments. Liu was recently a guest on JustKiddingNews and she was asked to react to a video. The video in question showed a Black man, Steve Foster, who was attempting to ride the BART train in San Francisco, being harassed by the police for eating a sandwich on a train platform. Unfortunately, the man was detained and the police tried to arrest him, but rather than practicing empathy, Liu chose to go another route.
The f(x) member reacts to a man being harassed over a sandwich
In the reaction video, which was later set to private on Twitter, and apathetic Liu expressed her beliefs that Foster deserved to be harassed because he was “being super disrespectful.” “I think he just fuc*ing deserved it, because dude he’s being super disrespectful, it’s like you don’t have to act like that towards a police officer. A police officer is a police officer, you should still show some type of respect. Know your rights but show some type of respect,” the 27-year-old stated.
Though another person on the show attempted to educate Liu on her commentary by explaining the complex relationship that Black people have with law enforcement in the United States, the damage was already done. Scores of fans and critics alike took to Twitter to accuse Liu of ignorance and racism for her commentary. “Amber thought this man was being disrespectful cause he told the police to leave him alone for eating his last 3 bites of sandwich? she’s ignorant as hell,” one person tweeted.
Fans and critics accuse Amber Liu of being ignorant and racist on Twitter
“Hi, Amber Liu shut the fu*k up and listen to the guy when he says you shouldn’t speak about a topic you clearly have no knowledge about. Imagine how ignorant you have to be to believe that a man deserved to be harassed for simply eating on a subway platform?? And because you’ve never experienced anything to that degree you just believe he is the problem? This is so sickening,” another disgusted Twitter user added.
Other Twitter users noted that Liu knew better given that she grew up in the states and is aware of the systemic racism that Black Americans face daily. “Amber is not ignorant, she is racist – you can’t tell me that an American is unaware of the racial tensions & the countless cases of police brutality & harassment within this country – she knows the history behind it, she knows the severity of what she said, and she is racist,” one person said adamantly.
Liu apologizes on Twitter
Seeing that things were quickly getting out of hand, Liu took to her Twitter page to issue a public apology. Citing that she made an ill-informed snap judgment, she shared that her time overseas allowed her to be ignorant heightened racial tensions. “I am so sorry. I saw a video clip, made and ignorant, snap judgment, and I majorly messed up. It was my fault for not being more aware of how the systemic racism in the United States has continued and gotten worse while I spent the last 10 years overseas,” Liu began.
She continued on to share that she was against racism and discriminatory practices. “I 100% do not stand for racism and discrimination. It angers me that he was singled out because of the color of his skin. It is completely unjust and I am so sorry for not seeing the whole situation and jumping to a conclusion. I’m sorry for hurting you guys,” Liu shared to her Twitter page.
Liu claims that she believes other people deserve equality
Finally, the singer shared that she would continue to educate herself on the matter. “I’ve always stood for equality, I’ve always stood for love, I believe #BlackLivesMaatter, and I’m so sorry I’ve negatively affected so many people because of my ignorance and I will continue to educate myself in this matter,” the 27-year-old promised. Only time will tell if Liu is serious about further educating herself on the issue and if her fans will forgive her for the insensitive statements. But, in the height of cancel culture, it could take a while.