Who is Jazlyn? TikTok star apologizes for lip-syncing racial slur in song: 'I take full responsibilty'
TikTok personality Jazlyn found herself in the firing zone when her recent video saw her lip-syncing a racial slur. The 16-year-old, with a whopping 1.5 million followers and a whopping 77.5 million likes across her videos, quickly took to Instagram to apologize for her mistake. She was seen lip-syncing the slur while singing 'Said Sum Remix' by Moneybagg Yo with Danielle Cohn and Angel Rivera.
“To all my supporters, I never thought I would be in this position as I do not and have never used the n-word as part of my vocabulary. First and foremost, I sincerely apologize to anyone who I may have offended by my actions in the video that was posted," she said.
"I do not want to make excuses, but I honestly just got caught up in singing the song and mimicked the lyrics. As an influencer, I completely understand the importance of word choice, particularly when it comes to racial sensitivity. I also understand that with a social media platform comes a greater level of responsibility, and being a positive role model is imperative. I truly focus on that every day as positivity is so important in our world today."
The apology was elaborate. "Obviously, none of this justifies my actions, but the main thing I want to convey is that I do not use that word in any form of speech on or off social media. People that know me personally can validate that. Needless to say, I made a mistake, and I take full responsibility for that. As I continue to learn and grow as an individual, I will ensure that I remain aware of sensitive issues that could offend someone of influence, someone, in the wrong way."
You can read the complete apology below:
According to Dexerto, some of Jazlyn's fans were upset and felt she could have skipped the word like the others in the video. That it happened in the middle of Black History Month was even more saddening for some of the others, although a few seemed to sympathize. This development comes even as another content creator, OnlyJayus tweeted out a video of her apology after using the N-word in one of her text messages that surfaced online. Isabella Avila aka OnlyJayus finally came out with an apology, but her fans weren't having any of it.
In a video, she said: "In my past, I said disgusting things to people and I am so ashamed of myself for using racist rhetoric and derogatory language to hate others because I knew what that word meant and I understood the power behind it, but I said it anyway because it was the meanest thing that I could think of and I am so sorry to everyone, but especially to those in the black community."