Twitter users are accusing MTV Australia of racism following a hastily-removed tweet making fun of America Ferrera and Eva Longoria’s accents in an English-language Golden Globes speech.
The official MTV account defended the tweet following initial critism saying it was part of a joke the actresses were making themselves, but swiftly removed both tweets after hundreds of users began tweeting and replying the statement was racist.
Users pointed out the joke the actresses were making was about their similar looks, not their accents, and others made the point that deleting a tweet does not equate to an apology.
I would call you out on this @MTVAUSTRALIA but as I’m Latina, you might not understand what I’m typing here. pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/942hB7mVrW
— Ella Cerón (@ellaceron) January 11, [email protected] @MTVAUSTRALIA *Their* joke was “you think we all look alike”. MTV’s joke was “& their accents are SO heavy we can’t understand”.
— Purl Bailey (@TallGrrl) January 11, 2016Screenshots are forever, @MTVAUSTRALIA. pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/kr9xU5FHOf
— Awqasisa (@lowsell) January 11, [email protected] deleted their racist #GoldenGIobes tweet. Here it is. pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/eANzmk1AKr
— Shane Bazzi (@shanebazzi) January 11, [email protected] @ERN_Malleyscrub @MTVAUSTRALIA luckily the internet is a great thing where screengrabs can live forever. Unlike MTV employees.
— Leon Downey (@ledow) January 11, 2016I swear we’re not all like this, despite particularly strong evidence to the contrary of late #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/YYxPKn8kHi
— Tonile Wortley (@tonilehelena) January 11, 2016Hey @MTVAUSTRALIA, you do know deleting a tweet and saying “we didn’t mean offense” isn’t really an apology right?! pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/Q5c35eZqE2
— Ebs (@Ebswearspink) January 11, 2016
UPDATE: MTV Australia has apologised for the tweet.
Our Tweet was in reference to @EvaLongoria & @AmericaFerrera’s #GoldenGlobes joke. We sincerely apologise for causing offence.
— MTV AUSTRALIA (@MTVAUSTRALIA) January 11, 2016