Zayn Malik Complains About Being Called 'Ignorant,' 'Terrorist' Amid Racism Scandal
By Shari Weiss
February 8, 2017
Zayn Malik is complaining he’s been called “ignorant” and a “terrorist” while caught up in a racism scandal involving girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
Hadid has been under fire since an Instagram post showed her squinting her eyes while posing next to a Buddha-shaped cookie. The model was accused of being racist against Asians, but boyfriend Malik came to her defense. On Monday night, he was asked by a Twitter follower, “Being of Asian descent, how do you feel about your girlfriend making fun of Asian people?”
The singer replied with the “thumbs up” emoji, “trust me.. she likes asians ;).” But since then, he, too, has faced a backlash for seemingly giving tacit approval to Hadid’s actions. Now a day later, Malik is hitting back.
On Tuesday evening, he posted, “People’s nerve to call me ignorant, when any chance they get I’m a terrorist!! to be a racist goes against my very existence..” He wrote in a second tweet with the “prayer hands” emoji, “So please don’t try to educate me.”
But some fans aren’t giving up. One user, @solozjm, replied in a series of tweets, “We know you experience racism but to experience racism doesn’t mean you can let other people’s racism slide like it’s nothing. you are a POC who experiences racism but sometimes it seems that you’re ignorant to other races, maybe not intentionally.”
“And trust me zayn your fans love you and if we didn’t we wouldn’t be trying to educate you, don’t take this as an attack,” continued the fan. “Take it as an opportunity to learn and get other people’s point of view on things. and saying ‘don’t try to educate me’ in a situation where you offended people is like going to class and saying don’t teach me.”
Many responded with similar sentiments. Meanwhile, Hadid has not commented at all on the controversy.
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