LILY Macapinlac, an Asian Instagram model with more than 3 million followers, is under fire for old tweets about refusing to date Asian men.
“If another short old Asian dude tries buying me a drink, I’m going to puke on them,” Macapinlac, who goes by Lily May Mac, wrote on Twitter in 2013, the New York Post reports.
The 22-year-old beauty, who is Filipina and based in Sydney, has bashed Asian men in several tweets during the past five years and professed her preference for “cute white boys.”
“Definitely going to marry a white boy, [and] I want a half-cast [sic] baby,” she wrote in one tweet.
In another post, she added, “My dad is cheering me on. He said ‘If he’s white then it’s okay.’”
Social media users dug up the tweets this week. One, on Imgur, accused the model of having “white fever.”
Many of the tweets have since been deleted but one Imgur user has posted a string of racist tweets from the model.
Macapinlac’s mother, Elsie, came to her defence on Facebook.
“She’s pure Pinoy, [but] not really proud cause of the mentality of the Pinoy,” Elsie wrote in a status. “That’s why we migrated to Australia.”
The 5-foot-tall model, who often posts heavily filtered selfies on social media, has faced backlash for her comments.
Eliza Romero, a Filipino-American fashion photographer, told Next Shark, “Her dating preferences were clearly rooted in self-hatred and internalised racism.”
And though Macapinlac has back-pedaled on her statements, tweeting, “I want to say sorry for what I said when I was obviously close minded and away from the public eye,” it may be too little too late, as her comments may have cost her future endorsements.
“Always so gratifying to find influencers to add to our blacklist network,” tweeted Nathan Poekert, a publicist with Day One Agency.
In light of what is resurfacing, I want to say sorry for what I said when I was obviously closeminded & away from public eye.
— Lily (@lilymaymac) May 4, 2017