My Apology:

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2020-06-03・ 51364

English with Lucy channel


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I have made many mistakes in my  lifetime, but overlooking a huge ongoing  
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issue that appears in many of my videos  is the biggest mistake that I have ever  
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made, and that is accent discrimination. I was naive and I didn't realise that  
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I was doing it, but after being called  out on it, and those people that have  
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called me out on it had every right to  do so, I'm angry at myself and I'm angry  
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at the way that I have been making  people feel. I don't feel personally  
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attacked by those who called me out - so  don't give them any grief for doing so.
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I really believe that they were doing  it for you, and I feel like they were  
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doing it for the industry. The criticism  wasn't just aimed at me - it was aimed at  
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me and the industry, and it was deserved. Until recently I was convinced that I  
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was running a positive, family-friendly,  unproblematic YouTube channel that was  
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helping students from all over the world. But what I didn't take the time to think  
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about was that I was making people feel  not good enough because of the way they  
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speak. In a recent video I took 10 words  that are difficult to pronounce, words  
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that can be used in a university or a  workplace, and I told people that they  
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should avoid mispronouncing these words  if they want to sound professional and  
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intelligent. Words like intelligent, smart,  professional... they're all buzz words on  
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YouTube and they tend to get a really  good response. But what I implied was  
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that if people don't pronounce these  words the way an English dictionary  
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says you should pronounce them in  received pronunciation, then you are not  
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intelligent, you are not professional, and  you are not educated. I never intended to  
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convey or spread that toxic message, but  I did convey it, and I need to apologise  
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I am so sorry to everyone who felt  hurt by that video, and I'm so sorry  
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to everyone who has been made to  feel unprofessional, uneducated, or stupid  
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by any of my videos. That is not what I  wanted or intended but it's clear that  
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what I wanted and what I intended is not  enough. I have removed these videos and  
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I'm reviewing the rest of my channel to  make sure that I don't push any of these  
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prejudices. I love making catchy videos, but I do need to strike a better balance  
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between making fun and engaging content, and providing thoughtful and responsible  
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education. I'll also admit that I'm  finding it challenging to strike that  
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balance between teaching pronunciation  and not dismissing regional accents. This  
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is now my period of learning. I have  arranged conversations with some of  
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the experts that have criticised me. I  want to learn and I want to improve and  
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I want to use my platform for good. To  those who have criticised me - thank you.
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You're trying to effect positive  change and I want to do that too.
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