Sabrina Claudio is not a household name, but the up-and-coming singer is getting attention after fans uncovered racist tweets allegedly made by her old Twitter account. The tweets in question included the N-word and contained racially derogatory comments, Billboard reported.
On Tuesday, Claudio apologized on social media for her "past ignorance."
"I am deeply sorry for the insensitive words I’ve used,” she wrote on Twitter to her 139,000 followers. “Some of the things you are seeing are true while others aren’t. I realize my past ignorance is affecting people I care so much about and I am so sorry. I've made mistakes and while I cannot take them back, I will learn from them."
Claudio is accused of posting several comments on social media about black women and colorism such as, “It must suck to be a black girl with no booty" on Twitter, and "i rather be a pasty white girl than a sweaty chonga" on Instagram. The handle @ODamnYourUgly appears to have been replaced at some point by Claudio's current handle (@SabrinaClaudio).
In March 2014, Claudio admitted to missing her @ODamnYourUgly handle in an exchange with a fan. In her apology, however, she did not say which — if any — of the tweets or Instagram comments circulating were true or false.
Claudio, 21, is Puerto Rican and Cuban and a native of Miami. The R&B singer launched her career with a viral YouTube video and told Vevo that her sound is inspired by bossa nova and jazz. She also explained to Teen Vogue that she is influenced by R&B musicians like Lauryn Hill, Usher and Destiny's Child.
Because of her black music influences, many people have criticized Claudio for her "past ignorance."
"But how u (Sabrina Claudio) make a whole twitter account just to shit on black women while you simultaneously make music that emulates black women. Lol these chicks is wild out here, man," tweeted "Insecure" actress and comedian Amanda Seales.
"Sabrina Claudio is the latest artist who profits from black culture but hates blackness," wrote Afropunk in an op-ed by Arielle Gray. Claudio's new release is a collaboration with Khalid called "Don't Let Me Down."
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