Liza Soberano says sorry for comments about black face

Heidi Hsia

18 Sep - Liza Soberano has apologised for her statement about 'black face' that she made recently.

As reported on Inquirer, the issue sparked last week, when Soberano, who became the new face of Jollibee, filmed an ad where she played the role of all the five members of the Spice Girls, including Mel B, also known as Scary Spice.

One netizen then expressed shock over the photo, saying that Soberano did 'black face', to which she responded, "This is not any form of 'black face'. It's a costume, just like how any other person would dress up if they were portraying a famous character. In this case, it's Mel B."

In a separate comment, she wrote, "I think you don't understand the context of 'black face'. A lot of women have afros, it doesn't specifically belong to one ethnicity."

She soon took to Twitter to apologise for her words, saying that she should be careful about what she said when it comes to such a sensitive topic.

"[From] now on I will try to be more educated about matters like this to make sure I don't make careless mistakes like this again in the future," she tweeted.

The actress added that cultural appropriation is an issue that is deep rooted in society, and something that she still has a lot to learn.

"I've read your comments and tweets and I honestly do understand where this backlash has come from," she added.

(Photo Source: Liza Soberano Instagram)