TikTok's Willy Wonka deletes "offensive" Spanish video following backlash
5 October 2020, 12:09 | Updated: 3 November 2020, 11:12
Wait – why is Willy Wonka on TikTok cancelled?
The internet has cancelled TikTok's Willy Wonka after he shared a video that was accused of stereotyping Hispanic people.
In case you didn't know, Willy Wonka has one of the most popular TikTok accounts on the platform right now. Also known as Duke Depp, the 19-year-old star from Utah has amassed over 14 million TikTok followers for dressing up and impersonating the iconic Charlie and The Chocolate Factory character.
However, last week, Willy Wonka sparked backlash for posting a video which some deemed offensive by the Hispanic community.
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Why is TikTok's Willy Wonka cancelled?
Willy Wonka was effectively "cancelled" after he made a video which was accused of stereotyping Hispanic people.In the video in question, Willy Wonka is asked by a fan if he can speak Spanish. Willy Wonka then replies: "Hola, soy Willy Wonka, si?" before eating a tortilla chip and giving a thumbs up to camera.
Some found the video offensive and said he was reinforcing a stereotype about Hispanic people, especially because he ate a tortilla chip. However, others insisted that the video wasn't offensive at all.
if i see any of u hyping up the willy wonka guy i wont hesitate to hardblock you ❤️❤️ my culture isnt a joke full of stereotypes babe <3333 pic.twitter.com/uK2TeVmczP— 10 ⨟ 19 (@mionegrcngr) October 1, 2020
the willy wonka from tik tok is cancelled pic.twitter.com/NASZmsP9tc— Miguel | 3 day limit (@gorgeousrepp) October 2, 2020
Yall cancelled willy Wonka for saying "soy willy Wonka, si" and eating a chip with salsa? pic.twitter.com/abRstHnmfA— R I O NN O I R 🦇🎃🎃🌑 (@RionRobinson1) October 2, 2020
the willy wonka dude is getting cancelled pic.twitter.com/Oi6zeODQRn— sophia⁷ (@parajimn) October 1, 2020
Fuck the willy Wonka tik tok bitch.— Zach ミ☆ (@satanxlopez) October 2, 2020
Thank you, Duke for adding to the already harmful and Disrespectful stereotypes spanish people are already faced with everyday. Simply saying the sentence would have been fine but you had to butcher the pronunciation, put coco in the background
As a hispanic i disnt see it offensive u were just trying to have fun🥺♥️— TheBaddestNut (@NutBaddest) October 1, 2020
Willy Wonka has now deleted the video and apologised. On Twitter, he said: "I am so so sorry about my 'Spanish speaking video' on TikTok. Looking back on the video now I absolutely understand why the video was wrong. To anyone who I hurt with the video I apologize, and I promise to be better."
I am so so sorry about my “spanish speaking video” on Tiktok. Looking back on the video now I absolutely understand why the video was wrong. To anyone who I hurt with the video I apologize, and I promise to be better.— Willy Wonka Tiktok / Duke (@WonkaTiktok) October 1, 2020