Madison Beer apologises for "romanticising" controversial novel Lolita
17 June 2020, 12:42 | Updated: 17 June 2020, 12:52
Lolita centres around the life of an older man who is infatuated with a pre-teen girl.
Madison Beer has apologised for "romanticising" the novel Lolita, the story of a middle-aged professor who becomes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl and eventually enters a sexual relationship with her after becoming her stepfather.
On Saturday (June 13), Madison hopped on Instagram Live for a Q&A. The singer told fans that her favourite book was Vladimir Nabokov's controversial 1955 novel after a fan commented, "PLEASE TELL ME YOU DON'T ROMANTICIZE LOLITA." She replied: "I definitely do. But we're not gonna talk about that." The clip was shared on Twitter, leading people to accuse Madison of essentially "romanticising" paedophilia.
Soon the hashtag #MadisonBeerIsOverParty was trending on Twitter.
madison beer is literally so fucking weird pic.twitter.com/QLavnVuUnL— 🧚🏾♀️ (@phntmthread) June 16, 2020
NOT MADISON BEER SAYING HER FAVOURITE BOOK IS LOLITA AND THAT SHE ROMANTICISES THE BOOK!!!!! 🤢 pic.twitter.com/10Xxf63Xn1— zz (@zzcapss) June 16, 2020
Madison Beer openly admitted to romanticizing Lolita, a story of a 40+ year old man who grooms and sexually assaults a 12 year old girl. Fuck you if you can even TRY and justify liking her or faking her after this.— 👼🏼 (@Ioveisthecure) June 16, 2020
madison beer romanticizes lolita and staged a blm photoshoot literally stop giving these skinny white girls the free pass because you think they're pretty!— luna (@lunatically) June 16, 2020
TW TW TW— ً (@HEARTFULGRANT) June 16, 2020
madison beer literally said she romanticizes the book lolita,a book in which a man in his 30’s sexually abuses his 12 year old step daughter. she said she likes the book. and some of you will brush that off and go about your day stanning her? unf me if you support her.
but madison i don’t think you understand that you have young fans, literally the age of lolita, and saying things like that can influence them very negatively. also people who’ve experienced similar things can be extremely hurt by it.— liz | BLM (@breathinnasa) June 16, 2020
madison beer a white girl w shitty music that y’all made famous cause she’s hot and who’s problematic behavior is constantly ignored, said her fav book is lolita.. am i supposed to be surprised— jungkook! (@TOKYOL0VEHOTEL) June 16, 2020
Madison then decided to address her initial comments about Lolita in a series of tweets, which have now been deleted.
"People have their own interpretations. i didn't write it. i just like it and don't see it in the way others might," she wrote in response to a tweet requesting "an explanation" for her comments. "I've always known it's a controversial book... but i've always said it's my favorite. because i just like the story.. i like dark stories... always have."
In reply to another tweet calling her comments "unacceptable", she said: "I have always said Lolita was my favorite book because it's controversial.. it raises awareness and tells a story from a different POV on an important topic which is why i love it. i was not saying i condone or romanticize a pedophilic relationship. i just like the book."
Madison later admitted that she "misspoke" and apologised. She tweeted: "I love u guys & i’m sorry. i misspoke and would never condone innaproproate relationships of any kind. i’m sincerely sorry for it seeming like i do. let me make it clear - i do not. have a good night.
"yes and i need to b mindful of other people’s experiences and i apologize sincerely. i’d never want to hurt anyone [sic]."
i love u guys & i’m sorry. i misspoke and would never condone innaproproate relationships of any kind. i’m sincerely sorry for it seeming like i do. let me make it clear - i do not. have a good night 🤍— madison beer (@madisonbeer) June 16, 2020
yes and i need to b mindful of other people’s experiences and i apologize sincerely. i’d never want to hurt anyone. https://t.co/08CMfHTV3i— madison beer (@madisonbeer) June 16, 2020
She followed up her initial apology with a notes app apology, again recognising that her comments were problematic.
"Hi guys. I've thought about last night and I think I was too flippant in my answers and you deserve much more than that," she wrote. "i discovered that book several years ago and honestly i really should revisit it and read it through a new lens.
"After thinking about how the book is perceived amongst critics and how it remains a compelling pieces of work despite its controversies, I thinking I have allowed that to colour how I have viewed it up until this point.
"I have a responsibility to you all and I thank you for being there for me even for the tough conversations. i see now that the book is very triggering for some people, evoking a very complicated emotional response, & that for some this book is not just an academic exploration of complicated themes and dark characters.
She continued: "I hope as I learn and mature and have time to study the things I love like books, films and art, that I can do better in bringing them to you responsibly and will be better able to express myself."