It was once thought that she could do no wrong. Despite only being nineteen years old, Billie Eilish has risen to fame incredibly quickly and has also become one of the youngest and most successful people in the music industry.
However, the singer seems to be spiraled in with a plethora of controversies at the moment, with her most recent involving racism towards the Asian community…
A video has surfaced of the famous soft-spoken singer showing her using racist slurs toward the Asian community and mocking their accents.
Shared by user @lcxvy, the video compiles of un-dated clips of Billie appearing to say the word “ch***”, an offensive slur referring to a person of Chinese descent.
A second clip shows the singer appearing to mock an Asian accent, while her brother Finneas has been accused of speaking with a “black accent.”
People were clearly stunned over what they were witnessing, with one fan writing, “I liked her [so much] I’m so disappointed”.
And some have even called for her to be “canceled”, while others blame Billie’s Tourette syndrome, which causes involuntary tics. Billie revealed in 2018 that she does indeed have the disorder, but only exhibits physical tics, not verbal.
Hate crimes towards the Asian community have risen exponentially over the past year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic originating in China.
This has led people in the western hemisphere, especially within the UK and the US to become extremely hostile towards the Asian community despite them being completely innocent.
“Racism and physical attacks on Asians and people of Asian descent have spread with the Covid-19 pandemic, and government leaders need to act decisively to address the trend,” said John Sifton, Asia advocacy director.
The new controversy comes amid Billie’s scandal involving the LGBTQ+ community.
Billie was accused of “queerbaiting” after she released her music video for “Lost Cause” earlier this month.
In the video the singer lounges, dances and plays with a collection of other young women at a party. An Instagram user added a message in which she wrote: “Acting sexually with girls to draw in more audience is gross.”
While there have been rumors surrounding Billie’s sexuality, there has been no true confirmation. Many believe the video attributes to “queerbaiting” which is a marketing technique for fiction and entertainment in which creators hint at, but then do not actually depict, same-sex romance or other LGBTQ+ representation.
The LGBTQ+ community has expressed that “queerbaiting” is harmful, disrespectful, and problematic as it feels like an attempt to appease or appeal to LGBTQ+ people without fully committing to the representation – while potentially alienating a heterosexual mainstream audience in the process.
Though that in itself divided her fans as some believed she may be queer herself but not truly ready to come out.
Before revealing the whole video, Eilish posted a pic of her with the girls from the video, sticking their tongues out, captioned “I love girls”. This is what originally sprouted the accusations.
Some music lovers suggested Billie might be coming out in the post and others praised her video saying she looked “confident” and “stunning as ever”.
However, another added: “Bye I literally cannot. It’s like if she’s coming out good for her but if she claims to be straight after this, bestie it’s queer baiting sorry…'”
However, the TikTok video isn’t the first of the racism speculation surrounding the star in the past week.
Billie and her new boyfriend, Matthew Vorce, were spotted on a Disneyland date earlier this week. The singer is almost 10 years younger than the actor but has been rumored to have been dating for the last couple of months after they were spotted hanging out several times.
Vorce himself has been accused of racism after historic tweets were resurfaced and screenshots of alleged messages dating between 2011 to 2017 see the actor being accused of using the “N” word, while also describing gay men as “f***.”
Billie is yet to make a statement surrounding the accusations – although she recently liked a comment on social media that said the screenshots seemed fake.