YouTube Star Laura Lee Apologizes After Racist Tweets are Exposed
YouTube star Laura Lee found herself in hot water yesterday after she was exposed for being racist on Twitter back in 2012. The beauty guru deactivated her Twitter as a result, but was still on the receiving end of tons of backlash because A) racism is never acceptable and B) it seemed like she was running away from the situation rather than tackling it head-on with an apology. The 29-year-old finally decided to stop hiding, however, and apologized for her past actions.
Laura issued a lengthy apology on Twitter last night, explaining that she has grown a lot in six years and now understands the severity of her “inexcusable” words.
“I want to deeply apologize for the comments of mine that recently surfaced from six years ago,” the statement begins. “The insensitive retweet and tweets I made are inexcusable and I apologize from the bottom of my heart to anyone affected by them.”
She then goes on to explain that she deactivated her Twitter account because she was “mad at [herself] for the ignorant tweets that [she] made back in 2012.”
She continues, “That girl who tweeted that isn’t who I am today. I now understand the seriousness behind those tweets. As a small town girl from Alabama I wish I had the cultural education six years ago that I have now. Those tweets aren’t humorous in any way to me today and I am truly sorry to everyone I have hurt and offended. I feel so disgusted about this and want you to know from the bottom of my heart I am incredibly grateful for this community. Social media has taught me so much about the injustice, bullying, and inequality people face daily. I’m at a place of more understanding now, but there’s always room for me to learn and grow. I’m thankful for my subscribers, this community and my husband who all continue to help me on that journey.”
The makeup artist realizes, however, that actions speak louder than words and promises to get “involved with foundations that focus on educating the importance of equality and social justice.”
“Personally, I will continue to work on myself. I am not perfect, but I know I am better than this,” the statement concludes. “I’m holding myself and my actions accountable — to use this as a learning moment. I sincerely apologize to you all and I hope with time, I am able to earn your respect back.”
Here’s Laura’s full apology:
— Laura Lee (@Laura88Lee) August 14, 2018