- The issue blew up after Aussie Influencer Opinions (AIO), an Instagram account that posts opinions about Australian Influencers, reposted the video on their private page. In their post, AIO said the former Bachelorette star failed to consider what her Asian audience would feel when they saw her Instagram Story.
- In her apology, she wrote, “Earlier I posted a video of a cat in a restaurant window. I meant for this to be a joke about an animal being in a restaurant at lunch service time. I meant absolutely no insinuation about the type of animal nor the type of restaurant, but I see that my post did not come across like that and was offensive.”
- AIO shared the exchange they had with Love on Instagram, where the news reporter thanked the page for calling her out and echoed the explanation she used in her apology, Daily Mail reported.
- Love emphasized that she had no bad intentions regarding her post, telling the account, “Not that it was a cat specifically nor that it was an Asian restaurant. I truly did not mean for any insinuation of that and I sincerely apologies (sic) for the oversight and any offense I have caused. Thank you.”
- The account’s admin responded to Love saying that they felt “perplexed” that she didn’t realize how her joke would offend her audience.
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- Ho wrote on her Instagram Story, “It makes me sick just as much as it makes me genuinely sad to think people like her can so openly share things like that, completely disregarding the harm they cause to the Asian community.”
- Like Ho, many people on social media were offended by Love’s Instagram Story and found her apology lacking.