Kourtney Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend and the father of her three children, Scott Disick, kicked off the new year with a father-daughter date.
Disick and Kardashian have two boys and one girl together.
On January 3, he took his daughter, 6-year-old Penelope, out to dinner at what people believe is an Asian restaurant.
The proud father snapped a picture of him and his little girl at the dinner table and posted it to Instagram.
In the photo, Penelope — being a typical 6-year-old — decided to make a funny face rather than give the camera a smile:
Disick captioned the photo:
Best first date of 2019!
However, people found the picture offensive because of how Penelope was holding her eyes while eating at a restaurant that serves Asian cuisine.
Fellow reality star Perez Hilton comment on the image:
Racist or nah?
And others quickly followed, agreeing with Hilton:
The problem that people have is this! They’re eating Asian food and holding chopsticks obviously and his daughter is trying to make a fun of Chinese eyes! look people! Tell your kids it’s not funny to be racist!
Cause setting an example is what adults “should” do. But white privilege got some people indifferent to racial insensitivities. I think he’s a great Father, social is saturated. As an Asain-American I’m offended.
Tell her to stop being racist
Thats racist lol
Better teach you kid not to make eye thing with chop sticks.
? Why the F is his daughter doing that? Eating Asian food And being racist???
So it’s ok to post racist photos because it’s a kid doing it….
… all that wealth, you’d think some would go towards education on ignorance and cultural sensitivity.
im not Asian and that was racist
However, some of Disick’s followers defended the 6-year-old.
Other commenters said that Penelope was only acting like a typical child her age:
Sad people an innocent child pulling a silly face no problem with that. Love the picture xxx
nope, she pulling her eye lids up and not to the side. I think this is a kid being standard silly! I think the focus here are people’s own insecurities by reading too much into something that is clearly not there. This hype simply because of the restaurant they are eating in. If they had been in a burger bar would this be deemed as racist
Are you people stupid she’s 6 that’s one , second what Asian persons eyes stretch upright ? In what shape or form is a father daughter dinner racist
It’s just a kid goofing around.
Some even saw the backlash as a teachable moment for both Disick and Penelope:
When this occurs, you have a beautiful teachable moment during which you can enlighten your child on how such behavior is offensive and prejudiced. The end.
Hours after receiving backlash from the photo, Disick took to Instagram again. This time, he shared a photo of the two of them snuggling on the couch:
He captioned the photo, “Living my best life.”