Teenager comes under fire for 'offensive' prom dress

Was it offensive of the teenager to wear a traditional dress to her prom? [Photo: Twitter]

A teenager is in hot water after wearing a traditional Chinese dress known as a cheongsam to her high school prom.

Keziah shared several snapshots from the evening via Twitter and one social media user was quick to criticise the 18-year-old for her choice of attire.

He took to the digital platform to write: “My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress.”

The Twitter user then began to explain his feelings on her outfit by detailing the history behind the 1920s garment. According to Lam, the Chinese dress was originally designed for women to wear while carrying out domestic chores and thus symbolises patriarchal oppression.

He explained: “I’m proud of my culture, including the extreme barriers marginalised people within that culture have had to overcome those obstacles. For it to simply be subject to American consumerism and cater to a white audience, is parallel to colonial ideology.”

And Jeremy Lam’s comments divided followers.

One Twitter user supported his opinions and Tweeted: “If you ‘appreciate’ and ‘love’ our culture, you’d know it’s a traditional gown. Yet you claim, ‘it’s just a dress’. It has cultural meaning and significance to us. What you said shows no appreciation but shows plenty of appropriation.”

As a consequence to the controversy, the American teenager has since apologised and told her followers in a candid Tweet:

“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 she then added that despite the backlash, she will not delete her prom photographs.

A large majority of followers flocked to the social media platform to support Keziah’s decision.

One wrote: “I’m Asian and I’m not insulted in any way. You look beautiful.”

While another commented, “You look gorgeous and the dress is stunning! What a wonderful world we live in where we can share culture and dress in special design and style across the world representing the culture of earth and the art of humanity.”

It seems the jury is still out on this one. What do you think?

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