MTV singer Shawn Mendes under fire after racist tweets about Black people resurfaced

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 26: Singer Shawn Mendes attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/FilmMagic)


Old tweets are creating new problems for singer Shawn Mendes.

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The latest celebrity potentially facing cancel culture is singer Shawn Mendes, who found himself at the center of a social media controversy.

Mendes has issued an apology for racist tweets that included use of the n-word and other insensitive remarks about Black people.

And in one tweet Mendes reportedly wrote at age 14, he used a greater than symbol when referring to “light skin girls.”

In another message, he referred to his friend as the n-word: “regular day with m n**** kareem[sic]” he wrote.

In yet another he joked on Snapchat that he had “afro” because his hair stood up on top of his head, the Daily Mail reports.

He also responded to a friend’s message by writing: “I can see the black coming out in you, Lauren!”

The 21-year-old who last night took the stage at MTV’s VMA awards, apologized last Friday about the racist posts.

“I posted some racially insensitive comments on social media when I was younger, and I am so sorry. I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said and understand how offensive those posts were,” he explained.

Mendes has since deleted the tweets.

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“I apologize for everything insensitive that I said in the past. But with that being said, I think that’s not my personality,” he said.