Gigi calls half-Pakistani Zayn Malik 'Middle-Eastern'. Why are we not surprised?
Uh-oh, it's not all rainbows and butterflies between Gigi and her beau's fans after she misidentified Zayn as 'half Middle Eastern'.
In an interview with Gulf News, when the 21-year-old model was asked about travelling to the Middle East, she said, "I love it here and I love going to places that remind me of my dad’s side of the family."
Gigi's father was born in Palestine and later migrated to the US with his parents at age 14.
She continued, "I especially love it when you meet other Arabs. There’s such a sense of family regardless of whether you are blood related or not anywhere in the world. When someone comes up to me and they tell me, 'I'm Palestinian' and we make a connection, it's beautiful."
And then she dropped this bomb: "My boyfriend is also half Middle Eastern. It’s just a connection that you make that’s really cool. It’s hard to explain but you feel like you’re amongst [your] people.”
Cue internet outrage.
Zayn Malik is half-Pakistani — a fact most Pakistanis are very proud of — and half-British.
Pakistan is in South Asia.
Though identifying a South Asian country as part of the middle east is a common (and annoying) mistake westerners make, everyone thought Gigi would know better since she's, well, dating someone from South Asia.
People were mortified how Gigi could not know the ethnicity of her boyfriend.
Others were having a field day
Then there are some ignorant people who need to be hit in the face with a map... or just Google.
There goes a Zay-Gigi fan.
Geography lessons, perhaps?
Ring the alarm! It's not just Gigi! *face palm*