Laura Lee Apologises After Racist Tweets Resurface

16 August 2018, 10:56 | Updated: 23 August 2018, 16:50

Laura Lee
Laura Lee. Picture: Instagram // Laura Lee

By Josh Lee

Laura Lee has responded

Beauty YouTuber Laura Lee has apologised after old tweets in which she mocked black and asian people resurfaced.

On August 12th, Laura, who has over 5,000,000 YouTube subscribers, came under fire after past tweets first shared from 2012-13 were unearthed. In the tweets, Laura mocks Chinese people's appearances, and makes a racially insensitive joke about black people.

"How do you blindfold a Chinese person? Put floss over their eyes!" reads one. Another reads, "Ni**as in Paris? I thought they couldn't afford to leave Compton!"

Further tweets mocking Rob Kardashian's weight were also resurfaced.

Laura deactivated her Twitter account in response to the backlash, before returning to the platform on August 13th, with a lengthy apology to Twitter in which she pledged to follow up her apology "with action," and put her words down to a lack of "cultural education" at the time.

Explaining why she deactivated her Twitter after being called out, Laura said that she took a step back because she was mad at herself.

"Those tweets aren't humorous in any way to me today and I am truly sorry to everyone I have hurt and offended," she wrote. I feel so disgusted about this and want you to know from the bottom of my heart that 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."

She went on to say, "I will be focussing on getting involved with foundations that focus on educating the importance of equality and social justice. These "jokes" related to awful realities so many people face and I want to work with organisations focusing on changing that."

Laura went on to release a highly controversial apology video, which got us wondering - why are YouTubers so bad at apology videos?