Brooklyn Beckham ridiculed on social media for allegedly "racist" Instagram posts
Brooklyn Beckham, the eldest son of David Beckham, has been accused of 'racism' after he posted photos of his holiday in Italy on Instagram
According to Chinese local media, Brooklyn Beckham has been labeled a "racist" after he reportedly posted photos of Asian tourists on Instagram during his trip to Italy.
Several Asian-looking visitors were seen in pictures, under the caption "no place like Italy innit," sitting on a gondola in a canal, and in another photo, an Asian-looking woman was seen entering a supermarket. Quite a few Chinese viewers were offended by Brooklyn's photos believing that the younger Beckham was in a way insinuating that Chinese tourists should not visit European countries.
According to news site Sina, social media users across Instagram, Twitter, and Weibo were quick to slam the 19-year-old, who later changed his Instagram account to private and deleted the picture of the woman in the supermarket. Brooklyn was also accused of taking and posting photos without permission of the subjects.
"What should Italy look like? All White?" user zzfffzzz said on Twitter.
"You think you're so subtle in your words," commented user aivenven. "I hope you'll never come to Asia. People in Asia don't like you anymore, you're just a white boy with no manners."
"What's wrong for these Chinese tourists to take a holiday with their hard-earned money? They can go wherever they want. You're nothing without your parents," user kakuka_guo commented, referring to Victoria and David Beckham, Brooklyn's parents.
While quite a few users sided with him, saying people in the pictures aren't necessarily Chinese, others were quick to jump to conclusions that the 19-year-old was a racist.
"There are a lot of Chinese people everywhere in the first place, I didn't think he was insulting Chinese people at all," user Shuofenshoudebubiliu said on Weibo. "Maybe he just posted the pictures because he didn't expect to see so many Asians in a European country," user Jingsi said. "How is this racism? I don't understand," lgh00076 agreed.
As China kicked off its Golden Week public holiday on October 1, millions of Chinese people took vacations to tourist destinations across the world.