Actress and comedian Jess Hilarious (real name Jessica Moore) found herself in some hot water after she updated her Instagram page to reflect fear over four Sikh men who boarded a recent flight she was on.
What are the details?
The 27-year-old entertainer made the remarks just a day after the deadly mass killing at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Moore later went on to explain that she didn't realize she was profiling the four men in her online remarks, which sparked much discussion among her social media followers, with many of them calling her "racist" and "Islamophobic" and "xenophobic."
Moore deleted the initial remarks, but not before trying to clarify why she was nervous to begin with.
"F*** y'all, I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it. F*** y'all. I'm never f***ing racist, but I spotted something, and I put it out earlier and we just got evacuated from our plane," she explained.
When Moore's flight boarded a second time after deplaning, she said that the four men in question did not return to the flight.
"So how ironic is it that we boarded the same plane and don't see those people," she wrote.
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Jess Hilarious is so aggressively ignorant and I- https://t.co/jNOPCbPQYb— No Hipsters Allowed (@No Hipsters Allowed)1552838239.0
Many of her followers blasted her for racism, bigotry, and more. Others went on to insist that it was her fault that the four men had been removed from the flight.
In response to the comments, Moore issued a video apology, which she captioned "Official Statement Regarding Sikh & Muslim Community."
She added, "Please don't believe everything you see and hear, this is what it really is."
"So, naturally in my previous post, I was defensive, but that's what happens when you don't take the time to really know what's transpiring," Moore began her apology. "In understanding the error of my actions, I have to first acknowledge the rooted issues, which means racially profiling a group of individuals based on their appearance and on top of that — publicizing it on a platform where others can be hurt by it and others were hurt from it."
Previously, Moore explained that she had nothing to do with the men reportedly being forced off the flight.
"Look y'all I'm not racist and never have I ever been," she wrote. "We have Muslims in my family, however, I was totally unaware of the different types of Muslims, so yes, I admit I'm ignorant to the facts so teach me.
"I got no one put off the f***ing plane," Moore insisted. "I didn't even say s**t to anyone else on the f***ing plane about how I felt. Again I'm sorry to all Muslims ... deeply sorry."
Moore also said that she planned on donating $15,000 to the families of the victims of the New Zealand attack.
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