18-year-old Keziah Daum from Utah was recently attacked by the internet and was called a ‘rascist’ for wearing a traditional Chinese dress to prom. The teen shared photos of herself with her date and friends wherein she wore a red Chines dress with black and gold detail. The internet was quick to criticize here post and called her a racist and accused her of ‘cultral appropriation’. 

“My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress,” one user wrote. And hundreds of other haters supported his comment. 

Daum was shocked to read people’s hateful comments on her photo and explained that her intentions were not to offend anyone when she wore that dress. She also explained that people are really getting the point of this as she wore the dress out of love for the culture and not because she is a racist. Daum found the dress at a vintage shop and she found it really beautiful, so she chose to wear it. 

The next day, Daum responded to the backlash on Twitter and wrote: “I am sorry if anyone was offended. That was never my intention. I am grateful I was able to wear such a beautiful dress.”

“To everyone causing so much negativity: I mean no disrespect to the Chinese culture. I’m simply showing my appreciation to their culture. I’m not deleting my post because I’ve done nothing but show my love for the culture. It’s a fucking dress. And it’s beautiful.” 

The subject soon became a national headline and many news anchors expressed their thoughts about it. Eliza Anyangwe, famous writer for Independant wrote: “the debate prom pictures have prompted is justified,” and that “cultural appropriation is about power, and to many she’s the embodiment of a system that empowers white people to take whatever they want.”

While many criticized Daum for wearing the dress, there were many who defended here and said expressed that there’s nothing wrong with wearing a traditional dress. 

Source: Business Insider