Known for her smooth songs and a great mix of Spanish and English in her lyrics, Camila Cabello has become wildly popular in the last year or so. Nominated for a Grammy, she’s doing well for a 22-year-old pop sensation.
Cabello was forced to issue an apology on social media this week, however, for her “insensitive” language an old Tumblr user dug up. Apparently 7 years ago, when she was just 15, Cabello shared some pretty awful stuff on her account.
The posts have long since been deleted, but as we all know, nothing is gone forever from the internet.
The post date that a user dug up from an inactive Tumblr account, which Cabello has previously confirmed as her own, dates back to 2012 when she was just 14 and 15. This is right around the time Fifth Harmony formed, which was Cabello’s first taste of fame.
The posts are… well, there’s no sugar-coating it. They’re bad. She had shared a gif that mocked and stereotyped a black child, photoshopped pictures of a black female athlete, and included images or texts that made references to offensive and negative stereotypes.
One mocked Rihanna for wearing almost no clothing, and another poked fun at the abuse she suffered from then-boyfriend Chris Brown.
Some fans of Cabello are quick to point out that most of the awful stuff she shared wasn’t created by her, but from other users and she simply reblogged it.
But in at least one incident Cabello uses a racial slur when answering a direct question on the Tumblr account. Multiple posts she shared include the n-word and other racial slurs. She also chose to share these, making the decision that this was the type of content she wanted to put out in the world.
I get that she was just a kid, but at 15 you understand what racism is, especially as a person of color. Cabello was born in Cuba to a father of Mexican descent.
This can’t be doing good things for this Havana singer, who is continuing to rise in the charts.
She went on Twitter this week to apologize for her posts and her words.
I’ll drop the full post at the bottom, but there are a few key takeaways. In her apology, she says that she is “deeply ashamed” of the language she used. “I was uneducated and ignorant” of the meaning behind the words, and once she understood “the history and the weight” she was “deeply embarrassed.”
“I’m 22 now, I’m an adult,” she continues. “Those mistakes don’t represent the person I am or a person I’ve ever been.”
Obviously, she’s sorry. But is she sorry because she used awful language and said terrible, hurtful things for no reason, or is she sorry because her past is catching up to her?
We all did, and said, things that were dumb when we were kids. If you say you didn’t, you’re lying. But this is rough, even by those standards.
I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019
I truly hope that Cabello did learn from her mistakes, and in moving through the music industry, met people from a variety of backgrounds that opened her eyes to those from other backgrounds and cultures.