YouTube Star Colleen Ballinger Apologizes For Culturally Insensitive Video
Colleen Ballinger released a video, titled “Addressing Everything,” to apologize for her culturally insensitive video that recently resurfaced. Ballinger is best known for her YouTube content under the name “Miranda Sings.”
In her apology, Ballinger refers to the deleted video she made with her sister 14 years ago that featured the pair impersonating Latinx women.
“It is not funny, and it is completely hurtful. I am so ashamed and embarrassed that I ever thought this was okay. I was a sheltered teenager who was stupid and ignorant and clearly extremely culturally insensitive,” Ballinger said.
Ballinger’s racist video resurfaced after she posted a video on her blog with fellow YouTuber, Todrick Hall, where they address the current realities of racism. Viewers brought up the star’s old video, wondering how she could speak against racism when she created insensitive content herself.
“Racial stereotypes are not funny, they’re not a joke, and they should never be joked about,” Ballinger said.
Later during her apology, Ballinger refers to a second controversial video of hers that has resurfaced. In this video she filmed 12 years ago, the YouTube star body-shamed a woman she once sat next to on a plane.
“That is not the woman that I am today. I’m such a huge advocate for women and women’s bodies and loving every shape and every size, and the fact that I talked negatively about someone who was overweight is absolutely disgusting to me,” Ballinger stated.
The YouTube star’s apology lasted over 13 minutes and has over one million views.
“To anyone and everyone who was hurt or offended by the statements I made when I was younger, I am so, so sorry. I hope you all can see that the person I am today is so far from that ignorant person I was over a year ago,” Ballinger said.