YouTuber Liza Koshy has issued an apology in response to being accused of racism after videos of her pretending to have an Asian accent resurfaced.
In a since-deleted video shared on YouTube in 2016, Koshy and her now ex-boyfriend and fellow YouTube star David Dobrik imitated Asian accents while tasting candy from Japan and Hawaii.
In the video titled “Couples Trying Japanese Candy,” Dobrik said in the clip: “It’s not racist, that’s like the sounds I hear when they talk.”
Koshy then responded: “No, it’s not racist as long as I keep saying no.”
In a second video titled “Couple Trying Foreign Candy,” Koshy and Dobrik pretended to speak Japanese after eating the snacks from Hawaii.
The clips were shared by Asian TikTok user callmesukiwi on June 21, who said: “Why is no one talking about this? It’s a clear example of the normalized racism against Asians.”
“They’re trying Japanese