What happened: Love, who was also the Bachelorette for season two on the Australian adaptation of the popular reality dating show, drew outrage for posting a video of a cat sitting in a window of a Chinese restaurant with a caption that read, “Shop attendant or lunch?!” and accompanied by crying laughing emojis, according toNews.com.au.
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.
The aftermath: Love posted a lengthy apology on Instagram following the backlash. At the time of this writing, it appears both the offensive video and her subsequent apology have been taken down from her account.
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.
Online backlash: Vietnamese-Australian and anti-Asian hate activist Alyssa Ho condemned Love’s post on Instagram and called the reporter’s actions “reckless” amid theCOVID-19 pandemic.
Ho wrote on herInstagram 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.
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