On Tuesday (25 August), a clip circulated on Twitter of the 15-year-old rapping along to Brown and Lil Dicky’s song “Freaky Friday”. In the clip, Schnapp is seen singing along with Brown’s lyrics, which originally feature the line: “Wonder if I can say the n-word”, before repeating the term.
Sharing the clip online, Twitter users claimed that Schnapp had said the n-word himself, prompting the hashtag: “#NoahSchnappIsOverParty” to trend on the social media site.
Responding on Instagram, Schnapp claimed that the clip, which was filmed last summer, showed him using the word “neighbour” in place of the offensive term.
“I would truly never say the n-word and I’m not the type of person,” he wrote on Instagram Stories. “I genuinely have never used that word in my life. Using the word ‘neighbour’ in that song was just something my camp friends and I did.
“I hope you all understand I could never even think about doing that. My friends also would never post a video, or support me, if I was saying a slur without hesitation.”
Schnapp then apologised for using a “replacement word”, adding: “It is not my place to use one and I should of [sic] kept my mouth shut. I understand why it is found offensive and I am so sorry.”
The actor, who plays Will Byers in Stranger Things, last week was forced to apologise after hackers shared offensive messages on his Twitter account.
Schnapp was just 12 years old when he first appeared on the Netflix series in 2016.