People Are Not Forgiving Camila Cabello for Her Past Racist Language

On Dec. 18, Camila Cabello apologized for her past racist remarks after a Twitter thread of her old Tumblr posts surfaced. While the singer apologized, this is not her first time having to confront past comments. Because of this, people are not forgiving Cabello so easily.

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This is not the first time Camila Cabello has been accused of racist language

Before the Tumblr posts, screenshots of old tweets and alleged messages that contained racist language by Cabello circled around for years. In 2013, Cabello addressed her past comments in a tweet, writing: “I get how anybody that doesn’t know me would think those things about me, I was immature and young and joking(not an excuse) but I apologize.”

Camila Cabello apologized for her past remarks

On Dec. 17, 2019 a thread with screenshots of Cabello’s old Tumblr blog appeared on Twitter. The Tumblr page was Cabello’s blog as a teenager and has since been deleted. The posts appear to have originated from 2012, when Cabello was 15 years old.

Screenshots from the blog showed Cabello reblogged racist images and memes, and multiple posts contained the n-word. In one post, it appears Cabello herself used the n-word. After the Tumblr posts were spread throughout social media, Cabello issued an apology on Twitter.

“When I was younger, I used language that I am deeply ashamed of and will regret forever. I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed i ever used it,” she wrote. “I apologized then and I apologize again now. I would never intentionally hurt anyone and I regret it from the bottom of my heart.”

“I’m 22 now, I’m an adult and I’ve grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain [this language] carries in a way I wasn’t before,” Cabello wrote. “Those mistakes don’t represent the person I am or a person I’ve ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness.”

She continued, “The truth is I was embarrassingly ignorant and unaware. I use my platform to speak out about injustice and inequality and I’ll continue doing that. I can’t say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart.”

Some of the singer’s fans have forgiven her

After Cabello posted her apology, her fans encouraged people to forgive her. Fans cited that other celebrities who used racist language in the past were forgiven, so Cabello should be forgiven as well. People also used Cabello’s situation to call out cancel culture.

“This trend of hating on Camila Cabello needs to end. She apologized, (just like every other artist who has been in the same situation) so how can you justify immediately forgiving them and not Camila? I’m not a fan, but even I can see that you guys are taking things too far,” a Twitter user wrote.

Others are not quick to forgive her for her past comments

Because this is not the first time Cabello’s past racist remarks have been brought to light, people are not quick to forgive her. Those criticizing Cabello cited that as a teenager Cabello should have known better. They also pointed out that because black people are the ones directly affected by Cabello’s past comments, it’s not white fans’ place to forgive Cabello.

“This isn’t the first time Camila Cabello been called out as a racist. Being a teenager doesn’t excuse that kind of behavior; you’re definitely old enough to know better And to defend her by saying she was young is bs because Black kids aren’t allowed any passes in this world,” wrote a Twitter user.

Another Twitter user wrote, “Camila Cabello is being dragged for her past racist comments about black people yet everyone saying that it’s okay and forgiving her are white… how do you forgive words that weren’t directed at you…?”

“you non black stans are accepting an apology for something that wasn’t even towards you,” wrote a Twitter user.