Teen Girl Who Was Shamed For "Racist" Prom Dress Has Supporters In China

By Bill Galluccio

May 2, 2018

An 18-year-old girl from Utah was thrust into the national spotlight after a Twitter user by the name of Jeremey Lam shamed her for wearing a traditional Chinese dress to her prom.  Less than a week after Keziah Daum shared photos from her prom, the post was retweeted over 40,000 and she was flooded with angry messages accusing her of being a "closet racist" for appropriating Chinese culture for her dress. 

Despite the backlash, Daum refused to back down against the accusations and hateful comments. She spoke with INSIDER and explained that she has "no ill intent against other cultures and that I was simply showing my appreciation."

"I feel people have seen the photos and others opinions and has viewed them in the wrong way. Making assumptions is something that has definitely caused a lot of this controversy and backlash," she said. "I would like my critics to know that I have no ill intent against other cultures and that I was simply showing my appreciation."

On May 1st Daum received praise for her choice of dress from the South China Morning Post. The news outlet reported that people in mainland China loved her dress:

“Very elegant and beautiful! Really don’t understand the people who are against her, they are wrong!” one person commented on an article by Wenxue City News. “I suggest the Chinese government, state television or fashion company invite her to China to display her cheongsam!”

People on Weibo, a Chinese social networking site, and blog were also supportive of the 18-year-old. 

“Culture has no borders,” one wrote. “There is no problem, as long as there is no malice or deliberate maligning. Chinese cultural treasures are worth spreading all over the world.”

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