It seems many people online these days are quick to find fault, labeling every small deviation from the norm as racist. The latest incident in this trend occurred when a teenage high school student wore a Chinese-theme dress to prom. Instead of being applauded for recognizing and appreciating a culture other than her own, she was labeled “racist.”
Keziah Daum, 18, wore the cultural-themed dress to her Utah high school’s prom. As is the custom, students posted their outfits on social media for friends and family to see.
But it didn’t take long for social justice warriors to come out of the virtual woodwork to take issue with her wearing a dress from a culture that she was not a part of. “My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress,” someone commented on her Twitter picture, which has since gone viral.
A large portion of the internet began to gang up on Daum for her choice of attire. After days of ridicule, the social justice warriors had their voices silenced by Chinese internet users who applauded her for accepting another culture and representing it with class.
“Very elegant and beautiful! Really don’t understand the people who are against her, they are wrong!” one Chinese internet user wrote. “I suggest the Chinese government, state television or fashion company invite her to China to display her cheongsam!”
Another user hit the nail right on the head by proclaiming, “It is not cultural theft, It is cultural appreciation and cultural respect.”
One user called out those who have been berating her for her dress. “Culture has no borders,” read one post. “There is no problem, as long as there is no malice or deliberate maligning. Chinese cultural treasures are worth spreading all over the world.”
The Daily Wire reported that the style of dress Daum chose “symbolized a silent protest to promote gender equality after the fall of the dynasties and the beginning of the republican period in the early 1900s, and was worn during the 1919 reformist May Fourth Movement.”
Maybe if social justice warriors did some research before they complain, it wouldn’t take another culture to point out their narrow-mindedness.