Kate Gosselin Defends 'Slanted' Eye Photo
Kate Gosselin appears on the 'Today' show in New York City on May 21, 2012 -- NBC Universal
Kate Gosselin is speaking out about a photo of her that some have dubbed racist.
"Clarification on my personal photo that was stored on our 'home computer,' that recently surfaced and was released to the public, without my permission," she wrote on her blog.
"This was a happy memory of mine. It was a happy time for me and Jon, smiling and 'goofing off' together. Jon and I were opening fan mail together one afternoon - which often filled the garage of our Elizabethtown home - and when we opened this plastic Asian dress up wig sent from a caring fan, we smiled, each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos (on my phone) of each other. Naturally, I 'slanted' my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile," she continued.
Kate went on to defend the photo, which was taken along with ex-husband Jon Gosselin also wearing a sumo wrestler-esque plastic wig
"Evidently, a fan sent it for me to wear so that I too could 'be Asian' like the rest of my family. At that time, a common topic of our show was 'everybody's Asian' - except for mommy, so a thoughtful fan figured she'd help me look Asian too! It's normal to talk about and even 'exaggerate' the feature differences between family members of a biracial family as they are noticed by curious growing children within the family. These types of discoveries and at home discussions are a normal part of being a loving accepting biracial family and it does not make any of us prejudice!" she wrote.
The mother of eight firmly stood by the photo and slammed anyone questioning her racial sensitivity.
Adding, "I married an Asian. I have eight biracial children therefore I'm quite certain that I'm the last person that could be called a racist. I learned to cook Korean foods from Jon's mom and grandmother. I couldn't be more proud of my eight beautiful children and wouldn't change anything about them or their heritage. They are absolutely perfect just the way they are."
-- Jesse Spero
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