5SOS' Luke Hemmings apologises for using "unacceptable" slur in old social media post
11 June 2020, 17:46
"This kind of language is unacceptable and I’ve definitely learned that."
The tweet, which is from November 2012, read: "All the other band members tweets have epic information, mine are just r******d." Luke would have been a teenager when the tweet was sent.
In response to being tagged in the post, Luke apologised. He said: "Been tagged in this and other things recently so wanted to acknowledge and apologize. It’s embarrassing seeing the things I used to think were funny as a kid and I’m very sorry to anyone I hurt. This kind of language is unacceptable and I’ve definitely learned that.
"This includes the club penguin meme I reposted years ago. It’s not funny and I’m sorry. Regarding that article, so much was twisted and I can promise it and the inaccurate things written broke me and hurt me too."
He continued: "I will leave that original tweet up to be held accountable but if anyone would like me to delete that first tweet as it’s hurtful, I am more than happy to. Love to you all, thank you for making me a better man."
The original tweet has now been deleted following a request from an autistic fan, who tweeted: "As someone who is autistic and has been called the r slur more times in my life than i can count, I’d prefer it gone I understand having it up as a lesson learned but when i see it it destroys me inside seeing someone i love using language meant to tear me and others like me down."
Luke then replied: "It is gone! I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through and if I made it any worse."
It is gone! I’m sorry for what you’ve gone through and if I made it any worse— Luke Hemmings (@Luke5SOS) June 11, 2020
5SOS fans noted that whilst his actions were offensive, he has at least taken accountability for what he had done.