Shortly after being confirmed to be part of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, Gigi Hadid is faced anew with criticism over a potentially racist video she posted early this year. Netizens have stated that Gigi is not welcome in China for mocking Chinese culture.
In the video, Gigi picks up a cookie with an Asian man’s face and proceeds to imitate the expression on the cookie.
— . (@hvrrystime) February 5, 2017
Zayn Malik, Gigi’s boyfriend, tried to defend her from the earl backlash but to no avail. Netizens have been tweeting the model as her gig with Victoria’s Secret draws near.
China doesn't welcome gigi
— pan starman (@PanStarman) August 29, 2017
China does not welcome someone who discrimination against Asian .🐍🐍
— loHmeting (@lo_hmeting) August 30, 2017
#Gigi Hadid racist#
We welcome anyone. But we don't want Gigi Hadid come to China. Gigi Hadid is a racist. And her mother is a racist too.
— Baracklay (@baracklay) August 31, 2017
Gigi Hadid why are you coming to China? You are a racist who discriminates against asians and faces to earn Chinese money in Shanghai?
— Mason By (@TaLaa_By) August 31, 2017
— R (@rudeguyriri) September 1, 2017
On the Instagram post that Gigi Hadid put up to announce her participation in the fashion show, other netizens have been commenting the infamous snake emoji. Gigi then proceeded to disable the comments section for said post. That didn’t stop those who are offended by Gigi’s actions as they comment the chicken emoji on her other posts. According to Buzzfeed, the chicken has the same connotation as a snake in Chinese culture.
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Forever and ever and ever a dream come true to be asked back to the VS Show !!! 🙌🏼 Thank you my friends @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro for another unforgettable opportunity; every aspect makes me feel like a dreaming kid again 🕊🕊🖤 (as shown here at last year's fitting, by @jeromeduran)! ☁️ @victoriassecret #VSFS2017
Photo courtesy of Gigi Hadid’s Instagram account
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