The INSIDER Summary:
- Sophie Turner was featured in an Instagram story showing her at a gym.
- In one of the clips, Turner’s fans alleged that she said “what’s up my n—–.”
- “Game of Thrones” fans are outraged at her alleged use of the n-word.
- In a statement provided to INSIDER, Turner said “I used the word ‘motherf——‘ […] not a hateful racial slur that has been suggested. I am incredibly upset that anyone would think otherwise, and I want to make it clear that I would never use such an abhorrent word.
“Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) has been spending time in New York City with new boyfriend Joe Jonas, and a new controversial video clip of the couple is making the rounds on social media.
Turner and Jonas have been visiting a gym called S10 Training over the course of the last few weeks, and both a trainer at the gym and a man who was working out, Brendan Fallis, have uploaded videos of the couple to their Instagram stories.
In a video that has either expired on the story or was intentionally deleted (INSIDER was unable to independently confirm which occurred), Turner says a phrase that some alleged included the n-word.
The clip showed Fallis holding the phone and saying “look who came today” while panning over to show Jonas and then Turner in the gym. As the camera points at her, Turner allegedly says “what’s up my n—–.”
You can watch the clip, which was re-uploaded to YouTube, below:
Hearing exactly what Turner says is difficult due to the acoustics in the gym.
In a statement provided to INSIDER, Turner said:
I used the word ‘motherf——‘ in a recent video posted in an Instagram story and not a hateful racial slur that has been suggested. I am incredibly upset that anyone would think otherwise, and I want to make it clear that I would never use such an abhorrent word.
Prior to this statement’s release, one “Game of Thrones”/Sophie Turner fan account believed that Turner used the n-word inappropriately, and shared the clip online.
NEW: sophie turner says the n word casually and laughs about it and this marks the end of this updates account 🙂 pic.twitter.com/N6pS330vaw
— game of thrones news (@gameofupdates) May 9, 2017
The Twitter account, which was previously using the handle @badpostsophie, formerly shared images and videos of Turner out and about in public and on the set of “Game of Thrones.”
But in this new tweet, the account holder uploaded the clip from Instagram and wrote “NEW: Sophie Turner says the n-word casually and laughs about it and this marks the end of this updates account.”
In a subsequent tweet, the fan account shared a full explanation.
— game of thrones news (@gameofupdates) May 9, 2017
Here’s the full transcription:
I know that most people have now heard this video, and the vast majority of you can hear her saying the n-word. However, a very few amount have claimed that they can hear her say motherf—–, and after listening to the video several times, I can hear that it is perhaps plausible that she COULD have said motherf—– and not the n-word. IF that is the case and she did not say the n-word, then I deeply apologize for making such an accusation, although it does sound very much like she said the n-word, but again, if not, then I am sorry.
In all honesty, I have no idea WHAT she said, and I was the video with the message that she was saying the n-word, but I take full responsibility for jumping the gun.
If she IS saying it, then it is totally despicable and horrific of her to behave in such a disgusting and offensive manner, and I would have hoped she would know better. And if you are defending her, under the impression that she said the n-word, than you are just as bad.
She HAS done several problematic things (not including this video, which currently remains unclear) such as joking about coming out, her comments on the rape of Sansa, along with her belief in reverse racism , and has not apologised for any of them and for this reason this account will not return to a Sophie updates account.
The Twitter account also alleges that Fallis deleted the video.
“Personally I heard the n-word, due to the hard ‘g’, and that the guy who posted it deleted it,” another Tweet said. “But I can also hear how it sounds like [motherf—–].”
At the time INSIDER reviewed the Instagram stories for both Fallis and S10 Training, other clips of Turner and Jonas from the same day were still on their stories. You can see both Turner and Jonas, along with others in the gym, working out.
People on Twitter are having mixed reactions.
what i hate most about this is how comfortable Sophie Turner was saying the N word, like zero flinch https://t.co/hZg7k9D3P2
— yasmin (@zarasgIory) May 9, 2017
sophie turner said the n word. she’s dead to me now
— n (@Noora95s) May 9, 2017
Everyone upset about Sophie Turner using the N word needs to be equally upset when their non-black friends & street randoms use it as well.
— Damon (@damonthrones) May 9, 2017
sophie turner saying the n word so casually and joe jonas laughing about it really says something
— samar (@gyllenhaaaal) May 9, 2017
sophie turner, a Caucasian, said the n word in a video while joe jonas, another Caucasian, laughed about it? pic.twitter.com/36T3acAumb
— m (@jeonromantics) May 9, 2017
Others are defending her, alleging she said “motherf—–” and not the n-word (which would be in agreement with Turner’s statement).
To clarify everything, Sophie Turner said “What’s up Motherfuckers”, not the N word. You can clearly hear it when you slow the video down. pic.twitter.com/RiHeoif6MK
— Neon. (@Neonyfy) May 9, 2017
Sophie Turner said motherfucker not the n word