Keziah Daum is refusing to back down for wearing what she and many online are calling a "beautiful" Chinese cheongsam dress to her high school prom.
"To everybody causing so much negativity: I mean no disrespect to Chinese culture," she said. "It's 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 ***** dress. And it's beautiful."
Many liberals have accused Daum of "cultural appropriation" and "closet racism" for wearing the dress. In fact, thousands of people online have criticized the teen for her choice of dress.
Daum, 18, posted the album of four prom pictures on Twitter on April 22, adding to the picture the simple caption "PROM." One of the photos in the album includes her crouching down in the traditional Chinese dress, posing with her friends with their hands folded together. This gesture, according to Fox News, was deemed by many on Facebook to be "inappropriate" and racist.
To the teen's tremendous surprise, within a matter of hours, Daum's post was retweeted nearly 4,400 times. Many of the tweets were accompanied by angry comments, accusing the young girl of being ignorant and engaging in cultural appropriation.
Fox News reports that one Asian Twitter user claimed that it "isn't okay" for the teen to be wearing the dress. This Twitter commenter claimed that she herself, although an Asian, would never wear a traditional Irish or Swedish or Greek dress. She claims that wearing these clothes would be wrong since there is a lot of "history behind these clothes."
She then added that seeing Daum wear the traditional Chinese cheongsam dress was "sad."
"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," another added.
"Oh god! The pose is just the cherry on top of this casually racist post. It's not just a dress, it's something that means something historically and traditionally to the Chinese," another added.
Many people have been supporting Daum on Twitter. Here are some of the tweets in her defense.
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