MANILA – Actress-model Isabelle Daza has responded to the growing backlash over her recent social media post of mocking the Japanese cultural practice of giving calling cards.
Speaking with the fashion website Preview, Daza explained that her post was a “private joke.”
“Well, it was a private joke that I did with my sister Ava. That’s basically it,” she was quoted as saying. “It annoys me sometimes that my sister does it because she’s not Japanese.”
In the Instagram Stories video which has been saved and shared by netizens, Daza is seen crumpling a calling card and throwing it to her younger sister, Ava.
The short clip had the text: “What I want to do when people hand me their calling cards like this.”
Daza’s post did not sit well with several netizens, including fashion blogger Tricia Gosingtian.
On Twitter, Gosingtian wrote: “I have no words! Please respect how other cultures show respect. Read up on Japanese meishi.”
“Business cards are like an extension of themselves. Hindi lang arte nila ‘yung gesture of giving/receiving it with two hands!” she added.
Last April, Daza apologized for her “offensive” Instagram Stories post that poked fun at African children while trying on a hat during her vacation.
“It was a lapse of judgment and I appreciate the feedback from you guys. Moving forward and I will be more mindful of what I post. Again, I am sorry,” she said.