A Twitter user named Katie Deen tweeted the photo shown, writing, “@Kateplusmy8 makes fun of Asians with eight half-Korean children.”
On June 25, Kate took to her website to explain the old photo and bash whoever shared it from her home computer without permission.
“This was a happy memory of mine,” Kate said of the pic. “It was a happy time for me and Jon, smiling and ‘goofing off’ together. 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. 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! 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 prejudice!”
As Kate further defended herself, “I married an Asian. I have eight biracial children therefore I’m quite certain that I’m the last person that could be called a racist. I learned to cook Korean foods from Jon’s mom and grandmother. I couldn’t be more proud of my eight beautiful children and wouldn’t change anything about them or their heritage. They are absolutely perfect just the way they are.” She said their family doesn’t see color or preferences, they see qualities and hearts. “The blaring fact that remains is that a personal photo that left a warm and happy memory, was taken and misused without my permission and opportunistically turned into something that it never was intended to be.”
Kate takes her fair share of "hate," and some of it has been earned over the years, but it is curious that this personal photo just happened to be dragged into the open at this point. What do you think of all this?