The frat house “mom” for the University of Oklahoma’s shuttered Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter said Tuesday she was “heartbroken” that people believed she was a racist after seeing a video of her singing the N-word to the tune of a rap song.
“I have been made aware of a video of me that is circulating on social media and in the news,” Beauton Gilbow said in a statement to TV station KFOR. “I am heartbroken by the portrayal that I am in some way racist. I have friends of all race and do not tolerate any form of discrimination in my life.”
Amid the fallout from a now-infamous video of frat members singing “There will never be a nigger in SAE,” a Vine clip filmed in 2013 surfaced Tuesday that appeared to show Gilbow singing the lyrics to Trinidad James’ rap hit “All Gold Everything.” The song makes liberal use of the N-word.
Gilbow confirmed in her statement that she was shown singing the song’s lyrics in the clip.
“I was singing along to a Trinidad song, but completely understand how the video must appear in the context of the events that occurred this week,” she said, as quoted by KFOR.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national organization, which had already closed down its OU chapter, disavowed Gilbow’s behavior in a statement to NBC News.
“This is racist, deplorable behavior, and we cannot allow this type of hateful mentality to be present in any of our chapters or members and certainly not with adult peers with whom they interact,” spokesman Brandon Weghorst told the news outlet.
Watch the clip below: