5SOS' Luke Hemmings apologises for using "unacceptable" slur in old social media post

11 June 2020, 17:46

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By Jazmin Duribe

"This kind of language is unacceptable and I’ve definitely learned that."

Luke Hemmings has apologised for using an offensive slur in an old tweet. The 5SOS guitarist called his language "unacceptable" and said he had learned from the mistake.

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.

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"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."

Luke Hemmings' Tweets
Luke Hemmings' Tweets. Picture: @Luke5SOS via Twitter

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."

5SOS fans noted that whilst his actions were offensive, he has at least taken accountability for what he had done.