Utah teen shamed for wearing “racist” dress to prom

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Some people go out of their way to find the butt hurt.

From Fox News: Keziah Daum is not apologizing for wearing what she calls a “beautiful” Chinese cheongsam dress to her high school prom, despite receiving backlash from thousands of people online, some of whom called her a “closet racist” and accused her of cultural appropriation.

Daum, 18, posted an album of four prom pictures on Twitter on April 22 with the simple caption, “PROM.” One of the photos in the album includes Daum crouching down in the traditional Chinese dress, posing with a group of her friends with their hands folded together — a gesture many deemed inappropriate.

It didn’t take long for the Internet to respond. As of Monday evening, Daum’s post has been retweeted nearly 4,400 times and now she’s fielding hundreds of angry comments.

“What’s the theme of your life? Ignorant?” one user asked.

“This isn’t ok. I wouldn’t wear traditional Korean, Japanese or any other traditional dress and I’m Asian. I wouldn’t wear traditional Irish or Swedish or Greek dress either. There’s a lot of history behind these clothes. Sad,” another added.

“Oh god! The pose is just the cherry on top of this casually racist post. It’s not just a dress, it’s something that means something historically and traditionally to the Chinese,” another added.

Another simply called her a “closet racist.”

But the teenager, who reportedly attends Woods Cross High School in Utah, defended her decision to wear the red-orange embroidered gown. And said she would wear it again to show her “respect” for the Chinese culture.

“To everyone causing so much negativity: I mean no disrespect to the Chinese culture. I’m simply showing my appreciation to their culture. I’m not deleting my post because I’ve done nothing but show my love for the culture. It’s a f—ing dress. And it’s beautiful,” she tweeted on Saturday.

She then added, “To everyone who says I’m ignorant, I fully understand everyone’s concerns and views on my dress. I mean no harm. I am in no way being discriminative or racist. I’m tired of all the backlash and hate when my only intent was to show my love.”

But some followers didn’t think Daum had the right to determine whether the gesture or dress was racist or not.

“If you’re not Chinese don’t decide whether it’s racist or not,” one Twitter user replied. “If you’re not Chinese then you have no right to speak up about this,” another echoed.

Some called on the teen to simply apologize and “move on.”

“I’m Chinese & think it’s fine if u wore a qipao cuz it’s pretty. But u need to apologize for the pose. It doesn’t matter that u didn’t mean any harm or that it wasn’t ur idea,” another agreed. “You did it cuz YOU were ignorant that it’s offensive. Apologize for unintentionally mocking and move on,” one Twitter user wrote.

“You’re trying to make yourself the victim when all you had to do was apologize and learn,” another added.

Daum told INSIDER she spotted the dress in a Salt Lake City thrift store weeks before prom, and knew instantly that it was the one.  “I bought the dress because I thought it was beautiful and admired the beauty of the culture,” she told the site.

She had no idea it would garner this type of response.

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

Daum didn’t battle her critics alone, however. Dozens of people reached out to support the young woman and blasted Twitter users for being “so sensitive.”

“Peace girl doing a hell of a job spreading peace and love,” one Twitter user replied. “Why can’t we grow up and not be so sensitive about what someone wears. It doesn’t matter,” another added.

As tensions continue to rise, so does Daum’s Twitter follower count. The 18-year-old has gained thousands of followers since she posted the photos. As of Monday evening, she has more than 9,400 followers.

“Thank you to EVERYONE who has been messaging me about the dress. I’m trying to respond to as many as I can. Thank you for your kindness!” Daum posted on Sunday.


62 responses to “Utah teen shamed for wearing “racist” dress to prom

  1. Oh no, the perpetually offended and clueless are chirping again…I guess people using English is not “cultural appropriation”?

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  2. as for moi,i found that girl beautiful,is that a crime now? for some ,yes,wen theres sooo many ugly things(n ppl too)

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  3. Gorgeous dress, Keziah! Cultural appropriation? Are they nuts? Okay gang, no margaritas, chili verde or frijoles refritos on Cinco de Mayo. And don’t wear Lederhosen or drink Bier during Octoberfest, and so on and so on. That would be racist. You must NEVER celebrate the “diversity” forced upon us by the very same people now screaming RACIST. These bitchy people need to get a life.

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    • Goldbug . . . . Amen to that! Now if her boobies had been a showin’, and her butt was nearly bare for all to see . . . that would have been A-Okay! But this “cultural appropriation” just ain’t right! {Sarc}

      Some people are so bloody ignorant, that haven’t the faintest idea that “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.” (I hope I got that quote correct, if not I am sure most will understand what I meant.”

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  4. They all have “cultures” except “Whitey”. Whitey doesn’t deserve a culture. Whitey made them all Third-World Sh*t Holes. We should all be deeply ashamed.

    Whiny, helpless, useless eaters. It’s bad enough they can’t take care of themselves, they want to degrade others. In their eyes it is better for everyone to be reduced to cows than for them to learn to be productive.

    Well, their owners have certainly done their jobs.

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  5. Beautiful young lady, Beautiful gown, “nuf” Said !!!

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  6. Guess I can’t wear Vera Wang then.

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  7. What a perfect opportunity to double-down and pronounce the dress even more, go eat at an oriental restaurant and get some photo’s with the wait staff, kitchen staff. Get a job delivering Chinese, wear more dresses. See how it always goes to the negative, instead of being proud that their cultural dress is worn with class, they go low. She should have all her friends wear the same and start a trend. We have to shut all this crap down, all the negative should inspire her to ramp it up, not just her, all of us. There’s no Laws against this, the Lefty bashers are probably trying to figure out who they should boycott right now. So much for being inclusive?

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  8. I am soooo sick of this cultural appropriation BS. If you want to play that game, then all the Blacks who have straightened their hair to make it look like White hair are culturally appropriating. Africans had no wheel, no system of mathematics, no written languages, and no university systems, so they are appropriating all those things too. Orientals who wear western style clothing are appropriating OUR culture and last time I looked most Asian countries wear Western clothing now. And considering that White men have invented and produced the overwhelming amount of technology on this planet, like cars , computers, rockets, TV’s telephones etc. etc. etc. then these other cultures are appropriating OUR culture and they should go back to living in mud huts without technology. And any young White kids who has bought this unbelievable hogwash need are almost beyond redemption.

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  9. Cracker Barrel Cheese offends me, #Boycott the Barrel.

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  10. traildustfotm

    Thank you DCG for bringing this amazingly stupid incident to our attention. We need to stand up belligerently to the cultural nazis who never stop dreaming up things to be offended at.

    In the late 1970s, my then girlfriend wore a dress like this when we went to a nice French restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston. She was fall-on-the-floor gorgeous in that dress, but not Asian. She was of Irish and German descent. Of course nobody was offended. She wasn’t stealing somebody’s culture; she was recognizing something beautiful.

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    • TD. . . . Thank you for stating “the voice of reason.” There must be something in today’s young people . . . they are just whining, sniveling, acid tongued, bad actors. It really must suck to be them! They are so bent out of shape about everything–thank heavens we did not grow up like them. Little wonder they are heavily into anti-anxiety, and anti-depression medications–they just plain refuse to see beauty in anything around themselves.

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  11. Occidental, you cause great offense to the people of Chinese heritage when you eat their food with chop sticks! If you must do that,, do it in your home with the shades drawn, and don’t ever talk about that habit with anyone but a close member of your family. (Sarc., of course.)

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  12. Kevin J Lankford

    I’d always heard “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Not that it really matters, just how many styles can one put into a dress, other than modest,or revealing? She should just call em all stupid and not give it another thought.

    Personally, I think this “cultural appropriation” term is just ignorant nonsense created by small minds just to feign insult. If they really want to know what an intentional cultural insult is, I go out of the way to avoid mexican food and restaurants (others included) out of my disgust with our illegal alien problem. Oh, I do eat and cook my own chili beans, as I grew up believing they were American cuisine.

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  13. And yet no black accused Hillary Clinton of “cultural appropriation” when she talked with a southern black accent:

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    • Great acting, two roles. Black man and dedicated white preacher.


    • Dr Eowyn . . . . Truly, what a pitiful speech; to have this evil woman invoke Scripture, as if she gives any heed to the Bible. . . . and at the very end to entreat God to Bless anyone. God was probably hiding in the farthest regions of his kingdom so as not to have to actually hear her voice, much less to give heed to having her petition Him to Bless any of His children. It’s just sacrilegious.

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    • That is the living definition of “cringe-worthy”.

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    • traildustfotm

      Dr. Eowyn, when I first heard this speech I wondered how she didn’t die of shame afterwards. But after this past election cycle I think we all know she is incapable of shame.

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  14. The easiest way to shut this BS down is to completely ignore it and go about your business, not giving them a second thought. The more you acknowledge them or engage them in discussion or arguments, the worse it gets and the more attention they garner.
    IGNORE them!

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    • MyBrain, I totally agree with You, betcha if she had cover the entire body, including the face and/or hands, with a full body chador, and said Allah it would have been accepted and applauded. Jealousy and Beauty plus originality is not acceptable, had it been me instead my response here would be censored.

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  15. ““If you’re not Chinese don’t decide whether it’s racist or not,” one Twitter user replied. “If you’re not Chinese then you have no right to speak up about this,” another echoed.”

    Racist is INTENT, and it would be prom girl’s to decide in this case. Twit.

    ““You did it cuz YOU were ignorant that it’s offensive. Apologize for unintentionally mocking and move on,” one Twitter user wrote.”

    Prom girl showed no intent of malice. STHU. Twit.

    Here’s my best bet: NONE of these idiots are Chinese, nor CARE about what is or isn’t appropriate in “that culture” (as if there were only one in a population of over a BILLION).

    Go worry about your own ORIENTAL haters. Yeah, I said that, not ASIAN. Whatever. Somehow even THAT long-established word (to distinguish them from Occidentals) offends them these days…


    • Yeah, about my hunch: it was “Asian-Americans” hissing fits, likely in Cali —
      From the NYT

      “When the furor reached Asia, though, many seemed to be scratching their heads. Far from being critical of Ms. Daum, who is not Chinese, many people in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan proclaimed her choice of the traditional high-necked dress as a victory for Chinese culture.

      “I am very proud to have our culture recognized by people in other countries,” said someone called Snail Trail, commenting on a post of the Utah episode by a popular account on WeChat, the messaging and social media platform, that had been read more than 100,000 times.

      “It’s ridiculous to criticize this as cultural appropriation,” Zhou Yijun, a Hong Kong-based cultural commentator, said in a telephone interview. “From the perspective of a Chinese person, if a foreign woman wears a qipao and thinks she looks pretty, then why shouldn’t she wear it?”

      If anything, the uproar surrounding Ms. Daum’s dress prompted many Chinese to reflect on examples of cultural appropriation in their own country…

      “To Chinese, it’s not sacred and it’s not that meaningful,” said Hung Huang, a Beijing-based writer and fashion blogger, in an interview.””

      So now I guess we have yellow snow flakes. Watch out where the huskies go.

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  16. Dennis Godaire

    I firmly believe that there is no such thing as ‘cultural appropriations’. And those that do, need a hobby, need a job, need a life If they focused on moving ahead with themselves (personally) and left us all alone … they might find that they can grow as human beings, instead of being stuck in an isolationist ideology.

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  17. I’m of Italian origin, and I forbid all chineses to eat pizzas : this is cultural appropriation and is racist.


    • No where in DCG’s post does it say Chinese were shaming Keziah. It’s “online activists”.

      In fact, she is receiving an outpouring of support from China:

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      • Can you imagine these little snot nose activists….they know absolutely nothing except the narrow brainwashing they have had at school, but now they feel qualified to go out and police the world for thought crimes. It’s just like the comment I made yesterday where some little activist type corrected my use of a politically incorrect word when all she was supposed to be doing was delivering a product I paid for. God help us if these losers ever come to power.

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    • I owe you my apologies also. I am neither Chinese nor Italian, but I have been eating my spaghetti with chop sticks. At home.

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  18. Hey, SJWS: H&M is launching a spring line that has a distinct Asian flair to it. And they have white models in the clothes. When you gonna call them out and demand a boycott?


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  19. Funny, all over blogs and social media I’ve seen vapid, pretentious, “spiritual” twits posing just like that to demonstrate how “deep” they are, usually with a Buddha, or other idols, prominently displayed. Where’s the outrage?

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  20. How ironic because it seems to me that being offended for people of another culture is itself cultural appropriation. To be offended for persons of another culture is to pretend that you know exactly how they feel at any given time. Even worse, it actually robs those persons of their own response which might be totally different than that which the leftist snowflakes imagine.

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    • Excellent point! So now, the blood-sucking vampiric Left are appropriating others’ (supposed) victimhood.

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      • Now THERE’S a concept. Substitute victim. The vicarious victim. “I feel your pain and I’ll complain FOR you”. This has moved from the realm of the truly bizarre into the realm of the incredibly stupid.

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  21. Dayem, I would have LOVED to have had a prom date that looked anywhere near as hot as her. 😉

    Yeah, I know. Oink.

    Waddia wanna bet her critics are all fat and FUGLY?

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    • Dave . . . . That was a most excellent “zinger!” I do believe that you are correct. Since they could never carry off wearing that style of dress . . . they can only criticize a beautiful young woman who can.

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  22. Is this where we step in and demand the world to stop wearing denim and tennis shoes or crocs or should everyone stop wearing Aloha shirts and South Pacific wear. And no more western hats except in the USA.
    This could go on for ages. Most culturals are quite proud to see people celebrating their clothes, but not this group of demented jackasses online.
    Don’t any of them have a job?
    There are dozens on hula schools in Japan and they put on programs and wear beautiful Aloha dresses and not one person gets their knickers in a twist.
    Who is doing the complaining instead of taking up for a fellow woman? Is it someone too fat and ugly to pull off wearing such a dress?. Are they drowning in jealousy?
    The girl committed no crime, she needs to be left alone.
    With all that is going on in the world, this borders on asinine.

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    • Glenn47 . . . . My compliments to you, for that wonderful, and intelligent comment! Good job.

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      • Thank you dear. Those that complained said she just wants attention. Dang right, Prom night is the one night a year when young ladies can clean themselves up and dress to the nines and put on those outrageous heels and proudly state, “look at me.” They deserve this one night to shine.
        I can only think those complaining were never asked to the prom, the others all understand. That dress was just an excuse to attack.

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  23. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    Exactly what the he!! is a racist dress?! Oh! Great! Now all my Hawaiian shirts are racist too?! Frick you all. I am keeping the shirts!

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    • bzerob . . . . Thank you for pointing out that specific fact . . . . I too had wondered how an inanimate object could be accused of being “racist.” Thank you for setting the record straight!

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  24. Seems to me the only racists here are the ones making a big stink about it, clearly they hate the chinese “race” so much that they don’t want anyone wearing dresses in that style.

    The SJW movement etc. is the new klan, I’d say.

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    • Seumas . . . . That is an excellent point! I believe that you are correct. Yet, although the klan gets squashed when they pop their evil heads up . . . these jokers get away with their behavior without much risk of really being called on their stuff.

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      • Spot on Auntie they hide behind a computer screen and when it goes against them they just shut it off and run. No credibility to arm chair hacks.

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      • There is also one other interesting (and I think corollary) bit as well with this, Auntie Lulu, the klan was based on “identity” a sub-cult fakery of Christianity based on gnostic doctrines… (mainly a mix of anglo-israelism and other gnostic doctrines, such as nephilim as human hybrids, cain as the progency of eve with satan, which goes all the way back to the manichean gnostics and the babylonian talmud, etc. and much later the stuff from blavatsky, having to do with aryanism et al.) essentially all “racist” groups (black, white, and otherwise) are also based off these things, near as I can tell. The kicker? Usually the so-called “spirituality” and political affiliations of the SJW movement are effectively tied to the same. (wicca, which many of them might identify with, for example, a new religion cooked up by gerald gardner, a fanboy and friend of aleister crowley, and yes this makes “wicca” effectively a sibling of modern satanism, and scientology as well, since all three trace to crowley, and crowley subsequently drew from gnosticism/hermeticism as well, the same goes for the modern “witchy” movements generally, as well, since few, if any, of them are true reconstructions of old pagan systems) and as discussed by others elsewhere here, the fascist and communist movements both similarly drew from such systems. (famously the nazis with the aryan concepts, among others… and communism, aside from the talmudic backing, also had the “god-building” movement, some rather early transhumanism sort of stuff as well.)

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  25. Seems to me if she were doing what they said it would have been a t-shirt that had a pic of the man standing in Tiananmen Square in front of a tank. Now that might have been a slam against the government of China, but not the issue here. So a dress becomes a political hack on facebook and twitter for those who hate when it’s open season on someone, attack and dominate any and all. What have we come to in this country when a girl can’t pick out a dress and wear it to the prom with out PC club comes in and tries to change the narrative so they can slam anyone that does not think the way they do. Great post DCG expose the pc crowd at every turn to show the world what they really are.

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  26. Where is their outrage when millions of muslims, or asians wear 3-piece suits?

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  27. The inmates are officially running the freakin asylum ! This poor high school girl. They need to leave her alone ! That is bullying a child for goodness sake !

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  28. OK….so, officially, if you are WHITE…you have to wear a century-plus-old poke bonnet” and over-all body apron and long gingham dress to the prom……but…IF you are Asian, you can wear the cool, red, racy, sexy Asian dress? HMMMMMMM……..if I were a 17 or 18-yr-old…what would I CHOOSE to make me look good/feel good for my ONE AND ONLY Senior Prom????? NO CONTEST HERE….Sexy Red Asian-inspired dress wins…..These PC people/reporters of PC need to find a REAL JOB that actually means/does something……..This has NOTHING to do with “cultural appropriation (in fact, it is a cultural compliment IMO) and everything to do with adolescent hormones and the wish to look fantastic on prom night. Anyone else who believes differently, IMO…never got asked to a prom… and so they are bitter asshats.

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