TikTok’s Amy Shark Is Under Fire For Using Audio From Racist Stand-Up
Although Amy Shark has apologized, people don’t feel like letting go of her that easily. Singer-songwriter Amy Shark has come under fire for uploading a video where she is using a racist stand-up as her background audio. She uploaded the video late last month and used a track taken from comedian Anjelah Johnson. There she impersonates a guy of supposedly Asian descent working in a nail salon. Comedian Nina Oyama found her clip and called it “stupid bulls**t” after which Shark caught fire.
What Did Oyama Say About Amy Shark’s TikTok Vid?
Comedian Oyama did not hold anything back when she came across Shark’s TikTok video. She even posted a series of messages, calling out racist behavior on the internet. Oyama asked her viewers to “check up on white friends” during lockdown as they start posting stupid bulls**t. She talked about how ‘white people’ making fun of the Asian accent was a poor call. Take a look:
***FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT***
Why a white person doing a “funny” fake Asian accent is bad:
– It is directly making fun of the way Asian people speak
– It reinforces negative stereotypes around Asian people
– The same accent is used to bully and dehumanize Asian people every day
— nina oyama (@ninaoyama) May 4, 2020
Oyama deleted the comment on Amy Shark’s TikTok video after Shark approached to apologize to her.
“Why did I delete the tweet? Because Amy got in touch and asked me to delete it. In the process she was really sweet, and assured me that she understood where I was coming from. I got the feeling that she’d learned something – and that was enough for me.”
For Shark, she also deleted her video. Unfortunately, the Internet keeps everything in its dark belly and there is always someone who has anything one is looking for. Take a look at Amy Shark’s TikTok video that got such an outrage:
— NEW-HAVEN (@itsnewhaven) May 3, 2020
Shark later went on to apologize for her TikTok video, admitting that it was silly and inappropriate. She expressed that her intentions were not to make anyone upset, and finally told that she took down the video as well.
I am sorry if I offended anyone, I can see that the TikTok i posted a couple of weeks ago was silly and inappropriate and honestly I never meant to cause any upset. I have taken down the video. love you all ❤️
— Amy Shark (@amyshark) May 4, 2020
Hey Amy Shark, quick question: what the fuck are you DOING https://t.co/16iYz2WB60
— K. Leikova (@_swoonqueen) May 3, 2020
Her apology comes after she gathered some criticism from people on social media. Would she have still taken down the video even if there was no reaction?