Earlier this week, Victoria’s Secret announced that it would be holding its annual fashion show in Shanghai for the first time ever this November; however, one of the Angels has been warned against setting foot on a runway in the Middle Kingdom.
On Wednesday, 22-year-old American model Gigi Hadid told her fans on Instagram that she would be walking at the show. Quickly, her account was bombarded with angry comments from Chinese netizens, warning her: “Don’t come to Shanghai. You’re not welcome here. Screw off!”
It turns out that Chinese web users are still a tad upset with Hadid over a video posted online earlier this year by her sister, fellow model Bella Hadid, which shows Gigi holding up a Buddha-shaped cookie and making “squinty-eyes.”
— . (@hvrrystime) February 5, 2017
Gigi Hadid has since disabled comments on her most recent Instagram post, but that hasn’t stopped her Chinese detractors from overtaking every other one of her posts with snake and chicken emojis and angry comments calling her an unrepentant racist.
Many of the commenters are especially furious that Hadid has still not apologized for her offensive facial expression. While the incident occurred back in February, Hadid herself has still issued no comment, presumably thinking that the whole thing would eventually blow over.
Apparently, she’s unfamilar with the long memories of online Chinese warriors.
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