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Life comes at you fast in today’s cancel culture, faster than you may realize when a 17-year-old feels compelled to publicly apologize for her actions as a 9-year-old.
Former “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler took to social media Tuesday to apologize for “ignorant and racially insensitive” videos that have resurfaced on the web, saying the decisions she made then “are absolutely not decisions I would make today.”
Call it the Joy Reid defense, though Ziegler has the added burden of being white.
(After a claim that her blog was hacked fell through in response to anti-LGBT posts, the newest addition to MSNBC’s weeknight lineup apologetically said: “The person I am now is not the person I was then.”)
“There are a few videos some of you have seen from when I was about 9 years old where I thought it was funny to mock people and accents,” Ziegler’s statement said. “I’m honestly ashamed and I’m truly sorry for my actions.”
— Maddie Ziegler (@maddieziegler) August 4, 2020
“What I thought was silly humor when I was younger I know was actually ignorant and racially insensitive,” she continued. “We have all made mistakes in our lives and learn to be better people.”
Video of what appears to be a young Maddie mocking and crudely imitating Asians was making the rounds online.
The video is seen here — Caution: Viewers may find content offensive:
— 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐬 | 𝒉𝒍𝒗𝒉𝒎 𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒌♥︎ (@UN1QUEM4RLEY) August 3, 2020
Ziegler, now at the ripe old age of 17, explained that she has since “grown up.”
“Growing up in the public eye has its challenges and also comes with the responsibility to set a good example, which I failed to do in these videos,” she said. “I hope you will forgive me and also hope you realize I have, in fact, grown up and would never act this way now.”
“I know some of you are hurt and may not accept my apology but I want to ask all of you to please be kind to each other on socials,” the professional dancer added. “There is no need to attack each other or try to defend me. I don’t want anyone to feel bullied and think we can all learn from my mistakes and spread love during these times when we need it most.”
Ziegler’s sister Mackenzie, 16, issued her own apology Monday for past actions.
“I’m much more educated now than I was before, and I’m so sorry,” Mackenzie said. “I’m so sorry that I offended the Black community. I would never treat you like that now. I would never.”
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Kenzie, as she is known, reportedly apologized in early July for an alleged racial slur, though it’s not clear what the slur was.
In a later Instagram Story, the younger sister clarified that she didn’t use the slur, according to E! Online.
“AND NO I DO NOT SAY THAT WORD,” she said. “But I apologize for laughing. It was dumb and I learned from it. It was not funny. I was uncomfortable so I laughed. But that still doesn’t make up for what I did. I’m sorry.”
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