Former reality star and mom of eight Kate Gosselin has responded to the controversy over a much-criticized photo that surfaced on Twitter over the weekend of her wearing a geisha-style wig and pulling her eyes up at the corners to imitate an Asian person.
On her personal blog, Gosselin acknowledges that the photo is authentic and clarifies that it was only meant to be stored on her home computer and was released to the public without her permission. "This was a happy memory of mine. It was a happy time for me and (ex-husband) Jon, smiling and 'goofing off' together," she wrote. She also posted a photo taken at the time of Jon wearing the same wig.
She states that the Asian dress-up wig arrived in the mail from a fan so she and Jon decided to have fun with it. "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," Gosselin said.
The couple divorced in 2009 after starring in the reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, which portrayed the couple's up and downs with their eight children comprising a set of sextuplets and twins.
"I married an Asian," she wrote, referring to Jon's Korean heritage. "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."
Her blog post ends with, "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."