YouTuber Liza Koshy has apologised for “perpetuating racist ideas” and “enforcing stereotypes” in past videos.
Last week, TikTok user @callmesukiwi posted a clip of an old video of Koshy and her then-boyfriend David Dobrik. In the video, they taste tested Japanese candy, and mockingly pretended to speak Japanese.
“It’s not racist, that’s like the sounds I hear when they talk,” Dobrik says in the video.
“No, no, it’s not racist as long as I keep saying ‘no’,” Koshy replies.
The pair repeat the same “joke” in another video where they tested Hawaiian candy. “They’re trying Japanese candy and pretending to talk in Japanese as a joke,” the TikTok user wrote on the video. “Isn’t that still… racist?”
In a statement posted to her Instagram on Sunday, Koshy said she “now recognises and takes responsibility” for the times she didn’t act as “the ally she is becoming today”.
“Being antiracist requires a personal reckoning, and I can’t in good faith continue to use my platform for progress without taking accountability myself,” Koshy wrote.
She continued to say that while she has experienced prejudice first hand as a woman of colour, that doesn’t exempt her from taking responsibility for the times she has “unknowingly perpetuated racist ideas”.
“I see now that some of my previous influences and my own past thinking, speaking, and storytelling reinforced stereotypes,” Koshy wrote.
Koshy’s apology follows several other YouTubers who, over the past few days, have acknowledged and apologised for their own problematic past on the platform.