An Orange County, Calif., lawyer is facing backlash after screenshots of a since-deleted Facebook post made on her personal account was shared on a Chapman Law Alumni page by another user.
Christina Ignatius, who describes herself as “the most well-known, most respected, and most requested law tutor in the nation” on her tutoring website as well as on her Wrongful Death Lawyer website, wrote a racially charged post that stemmed from the release of Crazy Rich Asians, the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian cast in 25 years. The lawyer and law tutor wrote that the film, based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel of the same name, reminded her of “all the Asians who flooded into Orange County” and “took over our mall.”
The tirade was captured in screenshots by a member of the private group and provided to Yahoo Lifestyle.
According to an administrator of the private Facebook group, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Ignatius had already been removed from the alumni group’s page for an unrelated reason before she wrote the posts that were shared within the group.
The law graduate, who calls herself “Tenacious Ignatius” on social media, used racially charged phrases in her post, including “driving like an Asian,” “Tiger Moms,” and went on to claim that Asian students from UCLA are attempting to hire her for tutoring. “They keep telling me that they are attending UCRA,” she wrote. “I need to translate that into my head to deduce that they are going to UCLA.”
Ignatius, who according to her website has worked with famous individuals like director Ava DuVernay and actor Jerry O’Connell, went on to say, “My sucker Caucasian male lawyer friends who married Asian women were completely poached for dollars and earning potential.”
Ignatius continued to stand by her comments in a follow-up post on her Facebook page. In the now-deleted post, she wrote: “So I posted something funny about Crazy Rich Asians. Apparently, it was so provocative that it was considered abuse. I had no idea that talking about stereotypes would be so provocative. … By the way, I do not hate Asians. I really love them and I find differences to be funny and interesting.”
Ironically, a separate Facebook post Ignatius shared hours before she made her initial controversial remarks begins with the words: “THE APOLOGY STATEMENT & WHETHER IT IS SAFE TO MAKE.”
Ignatius did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.
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