Gigi Hadid Accused of Being a Racist for ‘Mocking’ Asian Features
Gigi Hadid is in hot water with a lot of people after a video of her appearing to make fun of Asians appeared online.
In a now-deleted Instagram clip shared by her sister, Bella Hadid, the model was seen enjoying a meal with friends at Asian restaurant. When dessert came, Gigi held up a cookie made to look like the Buddha and proceeded to mimic its expression, squinting her eyes as if to mock East Asian facial features.
Though some fans initially defended Gigi, saying that she was simply “joking” around with pals, others pointed out that the gesture was inappropriate and offensive to Asians who are often ridiculed for their distinct eyes.
Some Twitter users also pointed out that her boyfriend, Zayn Malik, is of Asian descent and wondered what he thought about the situation.
Last year, fans called out Gigi came under fire for imitating First Lady Melania Trump’s Slovenian accent while making a joke at the 2016 American Music Awards. Following the incident, the 21-year-old issued a handwritten apology, explaining, “I too have been the center of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and I was able to find humor in it.”