Paula Deen isn’t the only celebrity apparently guilty of sending race relations back to the stone age lately. Celebrity mom Kate Gosselin is at the center of media-created controversy once again after a photo showing what many have called a “racist gesture” was posted to Twitter.
In the photo, Gosselin, who has eight children with Korean-American Jon Gosselin, is shown wearing what appears to be a Geisha-style headpiece while she pulls back the corners of her eyes and smiles, just taunting all things Asian.
— katie deen (@katiedeen888kat) June 24, 2013
The media is reporting this as a classic case of closet racism on the part of an already-controversial celebrity.
The photo is unquestionably of Gosselin, but there are some aspects to this story which are pretty fishy. Namely, no one knows where the photo was taken or who took it. The account (belonging to a “Katie Deen”) that hosts the photo as its only tweet has a mere nine followers. It is unclear who it truly belongs to and what their connection to Kate Gosselin is.
Gosselin herself hasn’t addressed the controversy yet, but many Twitter users are stepping up to defend her.
@Kateplusmy8 Its disgusting the way unheard of media sites jump on lies to get hits for their sites. What ever happened to integrity?
— Snotty Girl (@Snotty_Girl) June 24, 2013
— Beth Mann (@msbethmann) June 24, 2013
Kate Gosselin has 1/2 Korean kids. She was prob. trying 2 b more like them than mocking them. Give it a rest people! Why so much negativity?
— Marianne (@pinkthing) June 24, 2013
“The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring”. Victor Hugo @Kateplusmy8
— MARIE (@MY_3BCOLLIES) June 24, 2013
What do you think? Could Kate Gosselin be a racist, or is she just an easy target?
[Image via: Wikimedia Commons]