Ned’s Declassified School Survivor Guide star Lindsey Shaw has removed herself from social media after fans called her out on what they say was her discrimination against Black TikTokers.
Shaw courted controversy when she posted her now-deleted video making fun of a Black TikTok dance challenge video. The video was started by several Black creators and posted on Charlotte-based creator Usim Mango’s account.
The original video has over 100 million views.
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Shaw reposted the video with a video of her own. “Hey, are we OK?” The former Nickelodeon star said in her video. “What the f— is this?” She went onto physically mock the dance in her video. Even though she deleted the video, a TikTok viewer re-uploaded it to TikTok.
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Fans were also quick to note that even though Shaw made fun of Black TikTokers for doing the dance challenge, she complimented her Ned’s Declassified co-star Devon Werkeiser for doing the dance.
Shaw responded in her Instagram Stories to fans calling her out for her racist behavior, crying and positing that she’s not, in fact, a racist person.
“OK, I just have to say right now that the hate in my inbox is not OK, OK? I did not mean anything in any kinda way, I am learning everyday as I think everybody is and this kind of hate just needs to evaporate from the planet no matter who it’s directed towards,” she said, according to the Daily Dot. She added that she’s putting “my soul out there” to the public, saying that she’s not who people thinks she is.
“…If you know anything about what I stand for or what I believe in then you know that it’s not this. I am sorry you were offended,” she continued. “I think we all need to vibrate higher for the future, and I know I’m gonna keep learning.” She added that she’s going to step back from social media and that her intentions with her comments “wasn’t that serious.” She also wanted fans to have “a little more compassion and understanding.”
Werkeiser also posted a TikTok video trying to explain Shaw’s actions and reactions online.
He acknowledged that Black TikTokers often go unrecognized by the mainstream despite being the main drivers of online trends.
“There is pain there, and I understand it. And this generation, we live in a time where people are standing up to that,” he said. He also called Shaw’s reaction to fans calling her out for her behavior “very unnecessary” and defensive.
“If you know Lindsey personally, you know she’s a hater on all sorts of things–Black, white, brown, popular, unpopular–and can be a reactionary and defensive person,” he continued. “But she’s also got a good heart and is dealing with personal issues and challenges that none of you know anything about.” Those extraneous elements to Shaw’s response created what Werkeiser described as a “percieved racial bias” and hoped that the moment could provide Shaw with a way to learn. But, he said that Shaw got DMs wanting her to self-harm.
“Friends don’t get canceled in real life, and real life is complicated,” he said.
However, the fans weren’t buying Shaw’s defense. According to Daily Dot, one TikTok commenter wrote, “She mocked black ppl and cried over her hate comments on instagram lol. White tears are dangerous yall.” Another wrote that Shaw claimed “[n]o accountability” over the fact that Shaw turned off her comments section on her Instagram.
“It’s funny that she’s the one who started with the hate and now that she’s getting called out its the ‘where’s the unity [discussion],'” wrote another.
Instagram commenters also had their say about Werkeiser’s video, with one writing, “We were all rooting for you.” Another wrote, “The video was never the issue…the issue was her telling POCs IN the comments of that video to quiet down…the issue was her liking when you did it, but hating it when only POCs were doing it…that was the issue.”
“I love you but don’t speak for us and dictate how we should deal with racism,” wrote another commenter. “[T]his is not allyship.”