US dancer Maddie Ziegler apologises for ‘racially insensitive’ videos she posted when she was nine-years-old
Maddie Ziegler has apologised for ‘ignorant and racially insensitive’ videos she posted when she was nine-years-old.
The series of videos have now resurfaced on social media of the dancer and actor who appeared to speak in a stereotypical ‘Asian’ accent.
The 17 year-old, who regularly collaborates with popular singer Sia, has since posted an apology on Instagram to her 13.7 million followers.
She said: "There are a few videos some of you have seen from when I was about nine years old where I thought it was funny to mock people and accents. I’m honestly ashamed and I’m truly sorry for my actions.
"What I thought was silly humour when I was younger I know was actually ignorant and racially insensitive.
“We have all made mistakes in our lives and learn to be better people.”
Ziegler has asked her fans to forgive her and wants everyone to be ‘kind’ and ‘spread the love’.
She added: "I know some of you are hurt and may not accept my apology but I want to ask all of you to please be kind to each other on socials.
“There is no need to attack each other or try to defend me. I don't want anyone to feel bullied and think we can all learn from my mistakes and spread love during these times when we need it most.”