Comedian Jess Hilarious has apologized for the controversial statements she made after saying she felt “threatened” after seeing four Sikh men born an airplane that she was also on. Jess took to Instagram and read the statement, saying, [“I’m not sure if these particular individuals that were on the plane are aware of my actions by now. But, either way, I would love to apologize personally to them first, for my insensitive and ignorant behavior. Yet, I would still like to apologize to all of you who were aware and offended by my actions. Sadly, I had no knowledge of the tragedy in New Zealand and so after my video, which doesn't in any way excuse my behavior. I already know that. Nothing excuses it. But it opened up my eyes to a matter of ignorance as a habit that usually invokes hate.”] SOUNDCUE (:34 OC . . . usually invokes hate)
She continued, [“I refuse to teach, spread or be an advocate for hatred. I just want to make people laugh. Bear with me. I'm still learning. And when I say, I'm still learning, I was unaware of Sikhs, as well. A lot of them reached out to me, educating me on who they are and what they stand for and how they help the world in different ways. I didn't know that. I'm ignorant to a lot of sh*t.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC . . . lot of sh*t)
Jess added that she will be donating $15,000 to the families of those affected by the tragedy in New Zealand.