Over the weekend, Jess Hilarious made headlines for a series of videos shared to her Instagram page, in which she claimed to have felt “threatened” by four Sikh men wearing turbans on her plane.
The videos sparked widespread backlash, prompting the Instagram comedian to delete and respond with new videos, in which she seemed to justify her actions with a random evacuation.
”Niggas know I’m never fucking racist, but I spotted something, and put it out earlier and we just got evacuated from our plane,” she said.
“Fuck y’all, I feel how I feel. I felt threatened, and that was it,” she said, bragging that she could never be cancelled. “Y’all mad at me cause I don’t side with every other black person.”
Later, when she re-boarded, the four men, in question, were no longer on the flight. “So how ironic is it that we boarded the same plane and don’t see those people,” she said.
As the backlash and calls for the cancellation of the Instagram comedian continued, Jess issued an apology, saying, “Look yall, I’m not racist and never have I ever been. We have Muslims in my family however I was totally unaware of the different types of Muslim so yes I admit I’m ignorant to the facts so teach me. I got no one put off the fuckin’ plane. I didn’t say shit to anyone else on the fuckin’ plane about how I felt! Again I’m sorry to ALL Muslims…deeply sorry! But I am not racist loves.”
However, most were not amused. In fact, some even went lengths to get Jess removed from her role on Fox’s “Rel.”
But now, just two apologies and a few hours later, Jess has taken to Instagram to apologize for real, for real.
In the emotional, four-minute long video, Jess explains the situation, saying, “There’s been a picture painted of me like I’m a Xenophobe or I’m racist or prejudice.”
“Naturally, in my previous post, I was defensive,” she said, reading her written statement. “That happens when you don’t take the time to really know what’s transpiring and understanding the error of my actions, I have to first acknowledge the rooted issues – which means racially profiling a group of individuals based on their appearance and on top of that publicizing it on a platform.”
As she continued, she talked about empathizing as a black woman and recognizing the climate in this country before she addressed the situation, directly.
“I’m not sure if these particular individuals that were on the plane are aware of my actions by now. Either way, I would love to apologize personally to them first, for my insensitive and ignorant behavior,” the comedian said.
“Sadly, I had no knowledge of the tragedy in New Zealand and so after my video, which doesn’t in any way excuse my behavior. I already know that. Ain’t nothing excuses it. But it opened up my eyes to a matter of ignorance as a habit that usually invokes hate. I refuse to teach spread or be an advocate for hatred. I just want to make people laugh,” she said.
“Bear with me. I’m still learning. And when I say, I’m still learning, I was unaware of Sikhs, as well. A lot of them reached out to me, educated me on who they are and what they stand for and how they help the world in different ways. I didn’t know that. I’m ignorant to a lot of shit.”
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