Kate Gosselin's racist pic controversy is dogging the mom of eight today as she deals with the backlash, but she explains that her kids are half-Asian, and the picture was a way to joke about her being the only non-Asian person in the house.
The Kate Gosselin racist pic drama began when the baby mama of Jon tweeted an image where she was pulling on her eyes and wearing a black bun headpiece.
Former hubby Jon is half white and half Korean, Kate says, and the racist pic was a vestige of their old life together.
On her site, Gosselin says:
"This was a happy memory of mine. It was a happy time for me and Jon, smiling and 'goofing off' together."
(Does someone sound a little wistful?)
"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."
On what appears to be the latest example of accidental racism, Kate adds:
"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!"
The star explains:
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 [prejudiced]!"
An unnamed party had tweeted originally:
@Kateplusmy8 Makes fun of Asians with 8 half Korean children. @IMPerel @EmeraldCityJazz @Allisstair @SchmekyGirl pic.twitter.com/a5BKuGLFpo
— katie deen (@katiedeen888kat) June 24, 2013
Kate's full racist pic blog post is available here.