Actor Israel Broussard has apologized for a string of prior “inappropriate and insensitive” tweets. In since-deleted posts spanning as far back as 2009 and as recently as 2016, the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before star reportedly shared sentiments that have been construed as racist and homophobic.
“I am deeply sorry for my inappropriate and insensitive words and likes on social media. I take full responsibility for my actions and I sincerely apologize. This has been a pivotal life lesson for me. I am dedicated to becoming a more informed and educated version of myself,” the 22 year-old actor wrote in a note issued last night (Aug. 21) on Twitter.
The offensive comments were dug up and screenshot by vigilant Twitter users, eventually circulating in the days following the release of “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” this past Friday (Aug. 17).
“I’m not going out for a gay role, thank you though. Haha,” Broussard allegedly wrote in one since-deleted tweet. In others, also wiped from his profile, he’s made remarks disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement, calling their only goal “division.”
In one especially crass tweet, he allegedly targeted Japanese citizens following the 2011 earthquake off the coast of T?hoku, the strongest earthquake to hit Japan. “”Dogs can sense earthquakes. Too bad Japan ate them all,” he reportedly wrote.
Broussard has played queer characters in the past, despite joking that he’s turned down “gay roles.” Notably, he played heist co-conspirator Marc in the 2013 adaptation of The Bling Ring.
See Broussard’s apology below.
— Israel Broussard (@israelbroussard) August 22, 2018