— #E3MODE (@LordBalvin) June 7, 2019
After walking past him, the two women immediately clutched their purse and sprinted away. The DJ can be heard repeatedly saying “hold your purse” while laughing and smiling.
Many netizens were disappointed by her actions during the live-stream with iGumdrop:
jesus christ are you kidding me
— umru (@umru_) June 8, 2019
Wow this is rly disappointing
— Riz (@xTKaneki) June 8, 2019
Ew, is all im gonna say
— $ydnye (@Cydnyee) June 8, 2019
Any Asian feeling some type of way because of this, im sorry for saying we are- sike. Shut the fuck up.
Stop telling black people how to feel about this. Stop babying racists. Hold our community accountable when they do shit like this, Christ. Do better.
— Alyssa D. Silos (@Alythuh) June 9, 2019
@HwaniOppa annnnnd jvna is cancelled 🙃
— chonibu 🌸 EVO 2019 (@chonibu) June 9, 2019
Such an ignorant thing to do. You would think these clowns would know how to conduct themselves on a social media platform but evidently not.
— King Jae (@KingJaeLDN) June 9, 2019
I think the most disturbing part is how brazen and open about it they are. Like legit out in public, live streaming and straight up laughing about it and yelling to each other about it.
— Tabin Ahmad (@panicsw1tched) June 9, 2019
Vile. Blocking them.
— Shannon Plante (@ShannonZKiller) June 9, 2019
Disgusting racist actions like these cant be forgiven, no matter how cute they or their apology videos are….
— Sanxyra (@Sanxyraa) June 9, 2019
So one of the girls said in one of their defense vids that they were in a dangerous area where that kind of stuff happens! If you were running from danger you wouldn’t be laughing and smiling would you? pic.twitter.com/OgyrA07hhq
— sooperhandz (@sooperhandz) June 9, 2019
After the controversy blew up online, JVNA took to her Twitter account to post an apology video.
My response pic.twitter.com/12493F9KUF
— Jana l JVNA (@JVNA) June 9, 2019
A statement was later issued to Your EDM:
“Hey everyone –
I just wanted to take a moment to apologize and explain my perspective about the entire situation. Firstly, I am very sorry if I offended or disappointed anyone by my actions. As I was irl streaming with [iGumdrop] I heard yelling, which I thought was directed at us, making me very nervous. Because I couldn’t see what was going on behind me, my first instinct was to run. I made the split second decision to run and hold my purse, and made an inexcusable comment about holding onto my purse in the process. I never saw who was behind me, but it doesn’t excuse my actions.
I’m deeply sorry again to anyone I offended or disappointed, it was never my intention. I love you all and you all mean the world to me. Thank you for listening.”