Nessa Barrett Apologizes After Backlash Over Dancing To The Quran On TikTok

Category: Entertainment, Date: 12/Apr/2020

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Nessa Barrett, a famous TikTok star has apologized after a video she posted dancing to the sound of the Quran being recited, offending those that sacred the religion.

The 17-year-old TikTok star with over 6 million followers, received a massive backlash after she posted a video of her dancing while the sound of the Quran was being read.

In the Islamic religion, the Quran is considered the words of God “Allah” and to which Muslims have the utmost respect when reading or even handling the holy book.

Barrett deleted the video and made an apology live on Instagram stating that neither she nor her friend knew the source of the audio. She said “My step-siblings and stepmom are from Egypt and all that stuff. I know that it could have been taken offensively,” before apologizing to the people she offended, “I just want to apologize for anyone who took it that way and was offended. I think… I’m sorry for anyone who practices that religion.”

Many found her apology anything but sincere even found it more incriminating as she should have been more knowledgeable considering the fact that her stepmom is a Muslim. One person commented, “Having a Muslim stepmom doesn’t justify what you did.”

Many also doubted that TikTok star was unaware that it was from the Quran, as the original caption on the video read “I’m Muslim and I oop-.”

She claimed in her Instagram Live that she had stumbled upon the audio while browsing the ‘For You’ page on TikTok, and thought it was “cute.”

Barrett’s boyfriend Josh Richards commented on the controversy in an Instagram Live, saying “I had no idea what it was either when I first saw the video, I didn’t know that was the Quran.”

Barrett released another apology on TikTok after many felt her first apology wasn’t sincere. “I am truly and deeply sorry to those who I have offended, I love people of all races, religions, shapes, and sizes.” Adding that if she had “known that it was something so sacred, I would never have used it.”

The TikTok star also said that the hate she was receiving was “really hard to handle, and it’s also coming at my friends and family, which is completely unacceptable, as it was my mistake, and not theirs.”

Even though Barrett has made two apology videos, her second receiving 3.4 million views, many are still unforgiving and find it hard to believe that she wasn’t aware of her actions.