After her Instagram account was bombarded last week with angry comments from Chinese netizens telling her not to attend the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which will be held in Shanghai this year, Gigi Hadid penned an apology letter on her Weibo account. But it seems that her apology has not been accepted.
Last week, Hadid’s Instagram account was taken over by her Chinese detractors who flooded her posts with snake and chicken emojis and angry comments calling her an unrepentant racist for 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.”
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Many of the commenters were especially furious that Hadid had still not apologized for her offensive facial expression. While the incident occurred back in February, Hadid herself had issued no comment, presumably thinking that the whole thing would eventually blow over.
Realizing how wrong she was, Hadid posted a letter to her Weibo account on Friday evening, apologizing to “those who were hurt or felt let down by me,” adding that she has the “utmost respect and love for the people of China.”
However, It appears that the feeling isn’t exactly mutual with most Weibo users refusing to accept Hadid’s apology.
“If Victoria’s Secret wasn’t in Shanghai, you probably would never have issued this,” reads one comment with more than 25,000 likes.
“You can tell she didn’t write this herself,” reads another comment as many other netizens agreed that her apology lacked “sincerity,” comes at the wrong time, and, anyway, shouldn’t be addressed at China alone.
“You shouldn’t just apologize to Chinese people, you should apologize to all Asian people, but it’s too late now,” wrote another Weibo user.
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