In one of her #OOTDs, Georgina, along with Jessica Wilson and Martine Cajucom, sported souvenir communist caps as they posed in Tiananmen Square. The caption of her photo–which has then been deleted)–reads, “Please forgive the inappropriate merch that we aquired from a vendor at Tiananmen Square.” The three It girls were criticized for turning the place into an #OOTD spot rather than respecting its history–the internet has been calling it “inappropriate” and “culturally insensitive.”
For those who need a little brush up on their history, the site was where hundreds of civilians were killed during the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 as the people protested for democracy. Up to this day, China chooses to censor this event from their history books and even search engines.
Meanwhile, Georgina also shared another photo where she and Martine were wearing cheongsams with a caption saying, “Yup, we were those people in chongsams and communist hats that got lots of weird looks the whole weekend.”
Martine also left a comment on her photo saying, “Omg we are the worst tourists.”
Well, we all make mistakes. While these women didn’t have any wrong intention when posting these photos, the reaction of the netizens teach us to step outside ourselves and to become more sensitive of other cultures.