Finneas is defending sister Billie Eilish after a photoshopped article went viral. The article in question alleged how the singer “wanted to be broke and poor.”
Earlier in the week, a tweet from a fan parody account posted a screenshot. It looked to appear from a recent interview where the 19-year-old revealed she had started crying when she became rich.
“When I got rich, I started [bawling] my eyes out, I wanted to be poor so I can relate to most of my fans,” the fake article said. “I still want to be broke and poor, it looks really fun and cute.”
But few fans with a knack for detail noted how the tweet had come from a parody account that had shared similar statements in the past, which led to Finneas stepping up for his sister.
“Fake obviously. Honestly I just wish they’d label this account satire like The Onion or something,” the 23-year-old tweeted. “I have no problem with a joke as long as people know it’s a joke.”
It didn’t take long til the account that produced the tweet was suspended. Fans posted alleged screenshots of emails with Billie’s team apparently confirming they were taking action to get the account deleted.
Last month, Eilish faced backlash for resurfaced video clips that showed the singer mouthing an anti-Asian slur in a song, imitating an Asian accent, and using a “blaccent.” The clips were recorded close to five years ago.
Billie admitted how her actions were offensive and said that she felt “appalled” and “embarrassed” in a statement apologizing for the behavior captured.
“There’s a video edit going around of me when I was 13 or 14 where I mouthed a word from a song that at the time I didn’t know was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community,” she wrote in a message shared to her Instagram story.
“I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever mouthed along to that word. Speaking in a silly gibberish made-up voice [is] something I started doing as a kid. … It is in no way an imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the slightest,” she continued.
“Regardless of how it was interpreted, I did not mean for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others, and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is being labeled now in a way that might cause pain to people hearing it,” Billie’s statement continued.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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