Lalla Hirayama Apologises For Her Offensive TikTok Video

She faced major backlash for her derogatory video.

By  | Apr 17, 2020, 03:46 PM  | Lalla Hirayama  | Drama

Lalla Hirayama has issued out an apology following the major backlash she received from social media for her offensive TikTok video.

The deleted video shows the TV personality mimicking a Coloured woman and attempting to be funny. Her derogatory video was deemed untasteful and a failed attempt for a cheap laugh.

The video is of a Coloured woman singing an adapted version of '2 Legit 2 Quit' by MC Hammer. Her parody of the old video received some major backlash, of which she then later deleted the video.

Lalla apologised for the video after realizing where she was faulty in the whole situation.

"I made a TikTok video on Tuesday which was offensive to some of my fellow South Africans. Also, I published it during a time when we each face new and unfamiliar pressures. Moreover, I was not sensitive to the climate in SA as we prepare to enter the 4th week of isolation together. I will be more aware of our collective context," she wrote.

Lalla spoke about how she intended to use satire but later backfired. The platform which is TikTok allows people to use satire however warned people to be wary of others.

"It is satirical in nature and my warning to others using the platform is, despite the mechanic relying on you impersonating others, that in the South African context we must always respect the culture nuances of our countrymen.

"I am aware that my understanding of the TikTok post was potentially short-sighted, I will never be able to take that back. It was not meant to offend any race. I will however, continue to learn as much as I can everyday about the rich diversity in South Africa so as to be more emphatic and contribute in a positive way."

Read the apology below:

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