YouTube star Zoella apologises for offensive tweets mocking gay men and “chavs”
YouTube sensation Zoella has apologised after some of her old, offensive tweets emerged online today.
The tweets in question were posted seven/eight years ago and mocked gay men, “chavs” and “skanks”, and have since been deleted by the star.
In a tweet from 2010, Zoella wrote: “I find it funny when gay men spit… it’s like they’re trying to be a bit macho but never works.”
Another tweet saw the YouTuber label a contestant on The X Factor a “fat chav”.
After screenshots of her remarks began circulating on the internet, Zoella deleted her old posts and shared an explanation online.
“I’ve seen a few of my old tweets from 7/8 years ago floating around (which I have now deleted) using words like ‘chav’, ‘skank’ and other words I wouldn’t use now as part of my language and lot of them were taken out of context referring to TV shows,” she wrote.
things now and I’m sorry if I have offended anyone, that was not my intention. Obviously that is not who I am today and I’d like to think I’m a little older and wiser! I’m not perfect and I’ve never claimed to be, I’m only human!
— Zoella (@Zoella) November 15, 2017
“But I would never say those things now and I’m sorry if I have offended anyone, that was not my intention. Obviously that is not who I am today and I’d like to think I’m a little older and wiser! I’m not perfect and I’ve never claimed to be, I’m only human!”
Zoella has already been the subject of criticism this week after customers started complaining the contents of her £50 2017 advent calendar were not worth the heavy price tag.
Boots has responded to the criticism by announcing they’ll be selling the Christmas calendar for half the price, meaning it’ll be on sale for £25 as of tomorrow (November 16).