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Zayn Malik has defended Gigi Hadid after being accused of racism

Her bae has stepped in to set the record straight.

By Matt Galea
Zayn Malik has defended Gigi Hadid after being accused of racism

UPDATED 08/02/171 @ 1:00PM:
Zayn's efforts to defend his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid from the online hate she's received after mimicking an asian face online kind of failed when he responded with "trust me she likes asians ;)".

Fans were quick to show their disappointment, and even went as far as calling him ignorant and uneducated. Well... today wasn't the day to go after Zayn 'cos he's in a mood.

He's responded to the hate ~again~, tweeting:

"People's nerve to call me ignorant, when any chance they get I'm a terrorist!! to be a racist goes against my very existence.."

"So please don't try to educate me."

Yikes. But like that would silence fans. They went on to express their love for Zayn, and were just trying to look out for him.

Gigi has still not responded to any of the burning rage online, but we don't think she will hide behind Zayn forever.

Whether she intended to be racist or not, people have been offended and that should be worth something.

Just apologise fam.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

ORIGINAL STORY 08/02/17 @ 11AM:
Over the weekend, Bella Hadid shared a video on her Instagram story of her sister, Gigi Hadid which seriously angered people. The video in question shows Gigi holding up a cookie shaped like Buddah’s face. Gigi imitated the Buddah cookie, squinting her eyes to imitate it’s appearance.

Understandably, the video sent Twitter into an absolute shit storm and loads of angry users called out Gigi for racism.

Many ticked off peeps have pointed out that Gigi’s beloved boyfriend, Zayn is Asian himself, being of Pakistani descent.

Because of Zayn’s connection to the incident via his GF and his ethnicity, some fans asked the former One Direction member what he thought about what went down.

"Being of Asian descent, how do you feel about your girlfriend making fun of Asian people?" He was asked.

Zayn replied, "trust me.. she likes Asians," adding a wink and a thumbs up emoji.

This response didn’t really sit well with those offended by the video and the angry Twitter mob dragged Zayn for not fighting against "racist" and "stereotyping" behaviour.

This isn’t the first time that the 21-year-old has been accused of racism.

Just last year, the model came under fire for imitating Melania Trump's accent during her 2016 American Music Awards hosting stint.

Gigi received so much hate, in fact, that she tweeted a hand-written apology letter.

We wonder if she’ll issue an apology this time around?

At the end of the day, it is clear that Gigi didn’t have the intention to offend people in the video. But it’s important to remember that jokes that one person finds funny, another person could find really hurtful.

And when it comes to racism – it is never, we repeat, NEVER funny.

Both of the Hadid sisters have yet to comment on the ~controversial~ video.

Stay tuned…