Shawn Mendes has apologised after accidentally liking a transphobic tweet

6 February 2019, 16:49

By Katie Louise Smith

Shawn quickly set the record straight following his mistake.

We've all been there, scrolling down our Twitter timeline using our thumb when we accidentally hit the 'like' button on a tweet we didn't even mean to 'like'. Sounds like the same thing happened to Shawn Mendes recently when fans noticed that he'd 'liked' a transphobic tweet and proceeded to call him out on it.

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We won't share the meme here because it's... well... it's transphobic but once fans saw the tweet in his 'likes' tab, they started tweeting him, with some asking him to explain why he'd liked it and others telling him to straight up delete it.

Shawn Mendes accidentally liked a transphobic tweet on Twitter
Shawn Mendes accidentally liked a transphobic tweet on Twitter. Picture: Michael Loccisano / Staff

A few minutes after people started @-ing him, Shawn acknowledged the mistake, apologised, un-liked the tweet and responded to the fans, writing, "Must of accidentally liked it scrolling down a feed, you know me & I’d never. Sorry."

Shawn then followed up on his apology with a quick message to his fans, tweeting "Love u".

While it was fair of fans to call him out on the offensive tweets that he'd 'liked', others defended him pointing out that he didn't need to answer fans who were so quick to cancel him and call him out.

Clearly, it was important to Shawn to set the record straight and he was more than happy to respond and listen to the fans who had spoken up.

Shawn, of course, has always been supportive of the LGBTQ community so it was probably quite startling for his fans when the tweet appeared in his 'likes'. Shawn also urged others to open their minds and become more educated when producer Teddy Geiger transitioned last year, saying, "just open your eyes and open your mind, because, for me, going through one of my closest friends going through a very big transition period in her life, was incredible to watch."

Fair play to Shawn for acknowledging the unfortunate mistake and apologising.