See The Prom Dress That’s Being Called Politically Incorrect [PHOTOS]
A white teenage girl from Utah is weathering what has come to be a weeklong internet frenzy after she wore a red prom dress that some view as culturally insensitive.
Keziah Daum tweeted a series of photos from her prom day on Twitter on April 22, but she probably couldn’t have predicted what happened after the pictures went live.
— Keziah (@daumkeziah) April 22, 2018
The tweet took off after a random Twitter user named Jeremy Lam responded to the photos saying, “My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress.”
My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress. https://t.co/vhkNOPevKD
— Jeremy Lam (@jere_bare) April 27, 2018
Lam also likened the prom dress to white colonialism.
I’m proud of my culture, including the extreme barriers marginalized people within that culture have had to overcome those obstacles. For it to simply be subject to American consumerism and cater to a white audience, is parallel to colonial ideology.
— Jeremy Lam (@jere_bare) April 28, 2018
He even got Daum to apologize, and even found some support in doing so.
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.
— Keziah (@daumkeziah) April 28, 2018
I just saw a thread where literally thousands of people were yelling at a teenage girl because she posted a photo of her Chinese-style prom dress while not being Chinese, and it was just so incredibly depressing.
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) April 29, 2018
But others remained triggered.
This isn’t ok. I wouldn’t wear traditional Korean, Japanese or any other traditional dress and I’m Asian. I wouldn’t wear traditional Irish or Swedish or Greek dress either. There’s a lot of history behind these clothes. Sad.
— Jeannie (@JeannieBeanie99) April 28, 2018
Eventually, though, some keen users dug deep into Jeremy Lam’s Twitter feed and found some less than savory past tweets. Looks like Lam — an Asian American — used some pretty racially insensitive verbiage back in 2013, casually referenced the Holocaust, and called young white children “demons.”
We love a closet racist pic.twitter.com/KqIzsBBMQA
— jake severe (@JacobSevere) April 29, 2018
It seems like Jeremy Lam should have taken a hard look at himself (or at least wiped his Twitter feed) before wading into these muddy waters.
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