f(x)’s Amber Liu has unleashed an atomic bomb of backlash on the issue of racism following some tone-deaf comments over a viral clip of a white cop arresting a black man for eating a sandwich.
This all began when footage hit the internet of a California man (who is black) getting detained by a white police officer for doing nothing more than eating a sandwich while waiting on a train platform.
The incident went viral and was addressed by many outlets, including the YouTube channel JustKiddingNews, which Amber Liu appeared on as a guest.
When discussing the incident, the f(x) member said:
“He deserved it, I think he just deserved it because he’s being super disrespectful, and you don’t have to act like that toward a police officer. A police officer is still a police officer. You should still show some type of respect. Know your rights, but show some type of respect.”
In response to her comment, her male friend replied:
“That’s going towards a touchy area because culturally I don’t think we understand what the black community goes through so they respond way different to officers than we do.”
Following those comments, a torrent of backlash was unleashed upon Twitter as fans called Amber out for her ignorance on the issue of racism and how she seemingly didn’t recognise the instance of discrimination unfolding in the viral video.
After an epic fan dogpile over the JustKiddingNews video, Amber backpedaled on her comments by issuing out an apology on Twitter.
The singer admits to being at fault for making an “ignorant” and “snap judgment” after watching the viral video clip and acknowledged how it’s on her for not “being more aware of how the systemic racism in the United States has continued and gotten worse while [she] spend 10 years overseas.”
She stresses that she “100%” doesn’t stand for racism and discrimination and is fully behind “#BlackLivesMatter” before stating she “will continue to educate [herself] on this matter.”
The apology was received with mix responses from fans as some acknowledged it was a mistake while others weren’t quite as forgiving and labeled Amber’s response as insincere.