aespa member Giselle (지젤, real name Aeri Uchinaga) found herself in hot water after a video of her mouthing a racial slur made its way on social media this past weekend.
In a video titled “aespa ‘Savage’ Jacket Behind the Scenes”, the idol, along with her fellow members Karina and Ningning were seen vibing to SZA’s song “Love Galore” while taking a break during their shoot. However, things took a turn when a few eagle-eyed fans noticed Giselle lip-syncing to the song’s lyrics that contain the n-word.
— rayne (@flrtyvs) October 23, 2021
The snippet of Giselle mouthing the racial slur quickly went viral on Twitter and has accumulated over 3.6 million views at the time of writing. The 21-year-old has also received immense criticism from fans who were understandably disappointed by the matter. SM Entertainment, the home label to the four-piece musical ensemble ended up setting the video on private amid the heated backlash.
A couple of days after the controversy made the headlines, Giselle finally came forward to issue a public apology over the recent drama on aespa’s official Twitter account. Here’s what the Japanese-Korean rapper wrote:
“Hello, this is Giselle. I would like to apologise for mouthing the wrongful word from the lyrics of the song that was playing on-site. I had no intentions of doing it with any purpose and got carried away when one of my favourite artist’s songs was played. I sincerely apologise. I will continue to learn and be more conscious of my actions.”
I will continue to learn and be more conscious of my actions.
— aespa (@aespa_official) October 25, 2021
We really hope that the “Next Level” hit-maker will be able to learn from this incident.