Brooklyn Beckham Makes Instagram Private After Angering Netizens With "Racist" Post
Well, this doesn't look good.
19-year-old model-slash-photographer Brooklyn Beckham is no stranger to controversy. The eldest son of David and Victoria Beckham got some flak last year for getting a native American portrait tattooed on his arm. Also last year, he received backlash for posing with a gun, with critics saying that it romanticised gun violence. But is Brooklyn Beckham racist?
And now, Brooklyn is in hot water once again, this time for posting images with "racist" connotations. While on holiday in Venice, Italy, he posted two photos of Asian tourists — one group in a gondola, and a lone Asian woman in a supermarket — with the caption: "No place like Italy innit."
This post angered Chinese netizens, prompting him to make his Instagram private. Most of the outrage took place on Chinese social media platforms like Weibo, but he has also drawn some attention on Twitter.
Brooklyn Beckham’s noble imagination of Western world was hurt by the appearance of Asians. LMAO. Don’t know he’s such an Italian culture expert, before this I would only thought he was uneducated, now it turned out he’s uncivilized. ? A racist&a dumbass comfirmed.
— holeseayoe (@holeseayoe) October 5, 2018
— kiko pyper (@aRZoi8RhHl7jVNR) October 5, 2018
You are just a tourist, the same as people on your photo. So what makes you feel different,Your father or your smart brain?@brooklynbeckham
— songyi (@songyi99) October 5, 2018
Meanwhile, his fans were quick to defend him, saying that there wasn't anything wrong with the post. They were just innocent travel snaps! We're reading too much into it!
You know, people take photos when they travel somewhere.He just post the pictures which he took and he mentioned nothing about the racism. It was just a normal caption.Don’t call him as a racist before know what he mentioned.Stop attack him.This is so impudent. @brooklynbeckham pic.twitter.com/zr3qR6TfeJ
— Brooklyn Beckham Crew (@BBeckhamCrew) October 5, 2018
Is Brooklyn Beckham racist?
Now, the intention behind his Instagram post might not have been racist, but that doesn't make them not racist. One could think that perhaps he was simply exasperated because Venice was more of a tourist trap than he thought. But by singling out Asian tourists and posting photos of them with a sarcastic, exasperated caption, Brooklyn — who is very much not Italian — shows that he thinks he has more right to be a tourist in Italy because he's white.
Some of his defenders say that they look at the photos and simply see a group of women in a gondola or a woman in the supermarket (translation: "I don't see colour"), and that the social justice warriors are just out for blood. But just because you think race is simply a racial construct doesn't mean that it doesn't have very real effects on people's lives. Racism still very much exists, and people who think otherwise are very fortunate, very privileged, and also probably very willfully ignorant.
So anyway. Back to Brooklyn. He still hasn't apologised. Instead of coming forward and acknowledging his missteps, he's simply shut the public out.
Apparently Brooklyn Beckham posted something racist and received backlash for it; instead of apologising, he just deleted the post and turned his account private. Y’know what that means ??? pic.twitter.com/hZvqHAu3GZ
— harbrina trash x -68 (@LynchTheFreak) October 6, 2018
We're hoping that Brooklyn will speak up about this and try to do better next time, but for the meantime, we'll be enjoying the sassy tweets.
— liubo (@liubo09) October 7, 2018
What do you think? Is Brooklyn Beckham racist?