CULTURE

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes Might Be Perfect for Each Other Because They're Both Racists

Or, at the very least, they both posted some pretty racist things as teenagers.

Camila Cabello has been doing damage control for a series of racist Tumblr posts that re-emerged from her teenage years.

The Havana singer came under fire yesterday for using the "n-word" and reblogging racist posts on her since-deleted Tumblr blog, "vous-etess-belles." The revelation came from an eviscerating thread posted by a Twitter user named @motivatefenty and revealed that when Cabello was around 14 and 15, she reblogged a multitude of posts that contained racist slurs as well as racist sentiments about Mexicans, Asians, and Black people, and parodied Rihanna for being a victim of domestic violence.

Cabello responded with a tearful apology. "I'm an adult and I've grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain it carries in a way I wasn't before," the 22-year-old concluded. "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."

While she expressed sorrow at her actions, some panned her reaction as a "non-apology." Upon a closer look, the apology technically doesn't even express regret or a concrete desire to change. Instead, it attempts to excuse what she did, wrapping it up with a typical "I'm not racist and I was never racist because I'm a good person!" response.

Cabello, as The Daily Beast writes, "is one of many of celebrities who, after being confronted with indisputable receipts, have 'apologized' for past incidents of racism without actually holding themselves accountable."


If this all sounds familiar, you might be thinking of Shawn Mendes, Cabello's current boyfriend and duet partner who—back in August—was forced to offer a similar apology to the public when racist tweets surfaced. Like Cabello's posts, the tweets were posted when he was about fourteen and contained the "n-word" as well as other disparaging comments about people of color.

Like Cabello, his apology attempted to excuse his actions rather than distance himself from them. "I apologize for everything insensitive that I said in the past. But with that being said, I think that's not my personality," he wrote at the time. His response was slammed by fans and critics, so you would think that Camila could have at least tried to learn from her boyfriend's mistakes.

For a while, many of us have thought that Cabello and Mendes' relationship was a PR stunt designed to promote their single "Señorita," which, as one Twitter user wrote, would likely play on loop in Hell. But actually, they probably have a lot more in common than most of us thought. Most likely, they make racist jokes in private while lauding each others' innocence, goodness, and sense of humor, all while expressing no desire to actually change or take ownership of their actions.

Excusing racism with humor and clinging to the idea that it doesn't exist because "you're a good person" is how racism gets perpetuated, but not in Shawn and Camila's world. For now, all we can do is pray to every God we know that we won't get a cheeky "Sorry"-type apology duet.

Celebrities attempting to express dismay, via Twitter, about the Paris attacks were blasted for deviating from a simple 'Pray for Paris' sentiment.

Rob Lowe and Ruby Rose suffered some of the worst social media rebukes but no one was safe from edgy Twitter users poised to bash each other or misconstrue an innocent plea for peace.

X Factor star Sam Bailey actually received death threats for her tweet calling for England to shut its borders.

She was eventually forced to beg forgiveness after all the abuse she received, including taunts about being fat and ugly.

Rob Lowe is still trying to redeem himself with his critics in social media but it only seems to evoke new ridicule.

He tried explaining 'Vive La France' to no avail. He was branded a racist and there is no coming back, evidently.

Ruby Rose also tried to reason with Twitter users who blasted her for extending her prayers to the whole world, instead of just France.

She too tried in vain to explain herself.

Then she tried some more. You can feel her frustration:

Poor Ruby. Twitter is a fucking minefield. It's a wonder that anyone risks saying anything.

But some reactions to the Paris attacks are genuinely startling. Some Black Lives Matter activists have registered disdain for mainstream coverage of the attacks with the hashtag #FUCKPARIS.

That one is so harsh that it's only fair to leave you with a gentler faux pas, if that's the right way to describe poor Katy Perry's tweet:

Guys, if praying is your thing, follow Katy's advice.

If not, just try counting to ten after reading celebrity tweets. After all, If you prick them, do they not bleed?*

 

 

Upset by a photographer hounding her as shopped for groceries in Los Angeles, Iggy Azalea finally shouted, 'I hope you get Ebola! I hope you die.' She then called him a 'cunt' and tried to ram him with her shopping cart.

Later, Iggy explained her behavior on Instagram, saying:

Judge me for spazzing if you like but you only saw the 30sec aftermath which was classy in comparison to what he said to us inside the grocery store where we discovered him lying on the floor after we had repeatedly & politely asked him to leave multiple locations during the course of the day.

Earlier in the day, Chris Brown tweeted his deep thoughts about Ebola to his followers:

'I don't know ... But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Shit is getting crazy bruh.'

It took only minutes before a barrage of ridicule persuaded Brown to backtrack with the wise addendum:

Let me shut my black ass up!

I think it's safe to say that this is only the beginning of Celebrity Ebola Blunders and Celebrity Ebola Blunder Apologies.

Will it be okay to joke about Ebola though? What about a list of Halloween Costumes for 2014 that includes 'Sexy Isis' and 'Sexy Ebola'?

Oh well. It would probably be best to heed Chris Brown on the topic and shut our black asses up.

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Below, nostalgia: a classic moment from King of Comedy: 'You should only get cancer, I hope you get cancer!'

Man vs. Food's Adam Richman didn't issue the most talked-about apology, but it's certainly the most eyebrow raising. Richmond expressed his remorse to Us Weekly after getting into a twitter war and telling a critic to go kill herself, after calling her a C**t. Wow! That's a lot to be sorry for.

For my money, this 'blunder' is easily as noteworthy as Gary Oldman's antisemitic outburst in Playboy Magazine.

Frances Bean Cobain tweeted an apology after reacting to Lana Del Rey's hope-to-die-young like Kurt Cobain comment. The two mopey girls will be BFF's before you know it, mark my words!

The Department of Education had to apologize for sending out a tweet with a line taken from the movie Bridesmaids that appeared to be mocking students who needed financial aid. Sorry, poor kids!

Still waiting for an apology is Italian soccer player Giorgio Chiellini, who was bitten during a World Cup match by toothy Luis Suárez of Uruguay. Rather than apologize, the serial-biter blew off the incident with the remark,

"There are things that happen on the field and you shouldn't give them so much importance."

That one will definitely stand as the week's best non-apology. Sorry more people weren't sorry.

That’s it for now, Stay tuned for next week’s Celebrity Apology Round-Up!

 

Robin Thicke has released his video for Get Her Back and it really looks like a deep, heartfelt apology to his estranged wife Paula Patton—so, why do we have this nagging feeling it’s all just one big marketing ploy?

Get Her Back is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Thicke's musical mea culpa—others tracks on his new album, titled Paula, include, Love Can Grow Back, Forever Love, You're My Fantasy and Relevance (Let's Keep This Going).

Starting to get the picture?

As Popdust previously reported, Thicke and Patton split back in February after eight years of marriage.

Although both have kept shtum on the reason for their breakup, numerous reports laid the blame on Thicke’s womanizing ways and wandering eye.

Well, whatever the reason, it makes for good album sales….

It's been a slow week for apologies, but let's start with Jason Biggs, star of Orange Is The New Black.

After dissing Tara Reid during his appearance on Joan Rivers' web show, Biggs took to Twitter to post a series of apologies for commenting on Reid’s not-so-impressive figure. Despite his flurry of apologies, trying to blame 'the media,' let us not forget that Biggs dissed Tara a month ago on Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live, calling her a 'hot mess.'

Just shut yer pie-hole, Jason, okay?

In politics, Missouri State Representative Mark Parkinson had to apologize for posting a picture of a giant penis on his official Twitter account. Parkinson was quick to blame a hacker but come on, politics and penises go hand in hand, as we know all too well.

In sports-related apologies, Gatorade apologized for snarky tweets about LeBron James, who has an endorsement deal with a rival sports drink.

Finally, in waffle-related news, Raleigh Waffle House restaurants apologized Tuesday for taking a Raleigh waitress' $1,000 tip and refunding it to the customer, promising to review its policy. The company issued a statement on its Facebook page after the generous customer learned what happened and sent the waitress a check for the confiscated tip.

The big-tipper chose to remain nameless but if he's reading this, Hi, I would like to serve you a waffle ASAP, at your convenience.

That’s it for now, Stay tuned for next week’s Celebrity Apology Round-Up!

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