A white Los Angeles woman shown on viral video jumping up and down and using the N-word nearly a dozen times issued an apology on her Instagram page after reporting she had lost her job.
“African Americans help build this very country that I am living in and I hate that I insulted the millions of them,” TV and movie costume designer Heather Lynn Patton said in her Instagram stories.
Patton has worked on several TV shows, including “Rescue Me,” “The Americans,” “Private Practice” and “Medium,” and she was reportedly a longtime costumer for screenwriter Ryan Murphy.
“I have lost my job, which I totally would agree on as well for the reason I have been let go,” she said. “Please allow me to rekindle the love we shall all share amongst each other.”
The costumer started the post with a plea for understanding.
“I hope the world knows we all made mistakes and greatfully regretted them later in life,” Patton said. “I as a human made the choice to say some words that I should’ve NEVER let come out of my mouth
“I will no longer ask for forgiveness because what I did as a human was very inhumane and disgusting.”
Video of the CVS encounter Tuesday in the Eagle Rock neighborhood has been shared thousands of times on social media.
“I hate n—-rs,” Patton was seen shouting on the video.
“I would kill a n—-r, but the law says I can’t kill the n—-rs,” she said. “If the law didn’t say that I couldn’t kill the n—-rs, they’d all be dead.”
The statements triggered intense public scrutiny, some of it listing the woman’s address and phone number online and calling for others to hold her accountable.
“All of the DM’s I’m getting and harassment I’m getting at my front door is overwhelming,” she said on her Instagram stories, “you guys are no different from me you guys are just as evil and it shows.”
Actress Patricia Arquette, who recently won an Emmy for Hulu’s “The Act,” shared a tweet Thursday of the viral video after a Twitter user asked her to speak up if she knew Patton.
“Can you get a police update on this,” Arquette asked on Twitter, tagging news outlets KTLA and ABC7.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s public information officer has not responded to Atlanta Black Star’s information request emailed Thursday.
Sarah de Sa Rego, a costumer and union member with Patton, called for other union members to file complaints against Patton and request her immediate expulsion, according to the film and TV news website IndieWire.
“The number of racist outbursts, combined with violent threats against all fellow members of local 705 who are people of color, call for her immediate expulsion,” de Sa Rego said.
She accused Patton of violating an article regarding ‘action unbecoming of a union member’ as well as ‘actions which reflect to discredit this union and its members.’
De Sa Rego said in an email to union members IndieWire obtained:
“No one should have to hear this sort of speech, or fear being on the receiving ends of these kinds of physical threats. Especially from someone in our own union. The fact that she is a Supervisor, and therefore in charge of hiring and overseeing people, is particularly problematic for me.”
De Sa Rego said she was told the union “strongly disapproves of her behavior” but it’s job is “to protect every member (even those of us who are disgusting racist nightmares).”
“But we, as members, have the power to force her to face the repercussions of her behavior,” De Sa Rego said.