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Rep. Grace Meng Slams Daily Mail for Mistakenly Using Her Photo in Article About Different Asian American Family

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Aug. 26, 2021 By Allie Griffin

The Daily Mail has incorrectly used a photo of Congresswoman Grace Meng and her family in an article about an unrelated Asian American family.

The tabloid published a story about an altercation between a white couple and an Asian American man and his family on Fire Island, Long Island, and improperly used a photo of Meng and her family.

The Asian-American man who should have been in the photo, Michael Kim, was the subject of the article about an argument he had with a white couple.

Kim, as reported by the Daily Mail, said he was the victim of racism when a white man made racially-charged statements like “This isn’t China.” The incident took place after Kim scolded his sons for fighting and the white couple intervened.

Kim then filmed the couple and can be heard repeatedly saying “Please leave me alone, you are harassing me” in the video he posted to TikTok and twitter.

Meng retweeted Kim’s video and commented on the incident on Twitter on Aug. 22.

“So 🤬 sick of constantly being questioned of where we’re from or why we’re here,” Meng wrote. “Secret’s out: they’re letting Asians and other POC onto Fire Island and other nice places too. Disgusting smirk on her face like she thinks she’s more American than this family.”

The Daily Mail then wrote about the incident yesterday.

Meng then screenshotted that article, which was published with her photo, and tweeted “Dude- wrong Asian American family.”

Several elected officials and fellow Asian Americans replied to Meng’s tweet with shock and disgust. Many called it “unfathomable” or “unbelievable.”

“This is reprehensible!!” former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tweeted. “So sorry that you and your family are on receiving end of such irresponsible reporting Congresswoman.”

Another Twitter user commented on the absurdity of mistaking completely different Asian people.

“Wow! Do we all look alike?” the Asian American woman, Tina Choi, replied.

The publication has since removed Meng’s photo from the article.

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I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints

ABoondy- Nobody cries louder and cancels more than conservatives. Just ask the black listed of the McCarthy hearings of the 50’s, Ingrid Bergman, Larry Flynt, The Dixie Chicks, Collin Kaepernick and the rest.

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Lame story

This is not news. I’ve been discriminated against all of my life. Its NYC there are jerks here and there are also great people. suck it up butter cup.

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Jim

Hey Grace:

Get a grip ok. It was probably an honest mistake not an intended form of bigotry. I’m sure many Asians have trouble telling white people and we don’t blow a gasket.

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Kelly

That’s why it is sometimes better to mind your own business. My new neighbor who does not speak English scolds her kid and curses him out in Spanish. But I know better than to say anything. Living in New York City all my life I have learned to recognize some Spanish curse words from hearing them all day at work.

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Mixie

The Daily Fail, like Fox and the other right wing orgs, are enemies of the working class parading as its savior by drumming up culture war crap. It’s too bad so many get hoodwinked by them.

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Mixie

Don’t get me wrong. CNN and MSNBC are shite too. Just slightly better than the right wing bait-and-switch, riling people up to vote against their economic interests. CNN/MSNBC serve their corporate masters too with their neoliberal crud, but at least they’re slightly less asinine.

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Identity politics is divisive

Somebody at a newspaper used the wrong photo – big deal. Simple mistake, that’s all. Of course, this will be blown up out of all proportion into some sort of hate crime to get some political mileage out of it. Sigh.

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