Scott Disick comes under fire for ‘racist’ photo with Penelope

Scott Disick came under fire after he Instagrammed a photo on Thursday, January 3, of his 6-year-old daughter, Penelope, pulling at her eyes while dining at a Japanese restaurant. 

“Best date of 2019,” Disick captioned the picture in question. Within minutes, the comments came pouring in.

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“I’m Asian and that was racist,” wrote one fan. Added another: “She must have seen someone do it to think it’s okay.” A third called Penelope’s behavior “inappropriate” and scolded the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star for not correcting his child. 

A fourth person noted that Penelope is a “very cute kid,” but added, “teach her not to do the Chinese eye thing at a sushi restaurant. Don’t teach her to be a racist. Cause that’s what’s gonna happen.”

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Happy Birthday babe! Thank you for being you. Love you
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Ready for 2018
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on December 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 08: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen during Art Week Party at Sugar Factory American Brasserie on December 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sugar Factory)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 08: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen during Art Week Party at Sugar Factory American Brasserie on December 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sugar Factory)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 06: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie attend DuJour's Jason Binn And WellNEST Celebrate Miami Beach's Art Basel Kick-Off at The Confidante on December 6, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Dujour)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Sofia Richie, Scott Disick and Alec Monopoly attend Haute Living's VIP Pop-Up opening of Alec Monopoly from Art Life and David Yarrow from Maddox Gallery at Fleur De Lis Ballroom, Fontainebleau Miami Beach on December 7, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Romain Maurice/Getty Images for Haute Living)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on October 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Scott + Sofia Richie spotted at a hotel in Miami on Thursday❤️
Scott + Sofia spotted on a beach in Miami on Saturday😍😍
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Scott + Sofia Richie spotted at a hotel in Miami on Thursday❤️
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Scott Disick, Sofia Richie and Josie Marie Canseco attend Kith Sport fashion show during New York Fashion Week at the Classic Car Club on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
Scott + Sofia out in Miami yesterday💖
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie (L) seen out and about in Queens on May 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: (L-R) Scott Disick and Sofia Richie seen out and about in Queens on May 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie are seen on May 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie attend ASOS celebrates partnership with Life Is Beautiful at No Name on April 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 14: Scott Disick and Sofia Richie celebrate Valentine's Day at San Diego's new Theatre Box® Entertainment Complex with dinner at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® on February 14, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Theatre Box)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 04: Sofia Richie and Scott Disick dine at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Fashion Show Mall on January 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 16: Scott Disick (L) and Sofia Richie at the VIP Exhibit Preview for "Street Dreams" on November 16, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03: Scott Disick & Sofia Richie arrive for Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 01: Scott Disick and and Sofia Richie make a store appearance at Windsor Smith at Chadstone Shopping Centre on November 1, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MALBU, CA - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen on May 05, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are seen in Malibu on May 05, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
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But not everyone was offended. Many people pointed out that Penelope was pulling her eyelids up and not to the side and that she was just making a harmless funny face as kids often do.

“I’m Chinese. If you mock Asian eyes, you pull OUT not UP,” wrote a Disick supporter. Reasoned another: “She is a little f-king girl making a goofy face in a picture with her dad.” One woman wanted to know, “What race of people even have eyes like that???? Seriously get a life, it’s a child who wouldn’t even know what racism is.”

Disick shares Mason, 9, Penelope and Reign, 4, with his ex Kourtney Kardashian. The former couple ended their tumultuous on-and-off relationship in 2015. But a source told Us Weekly in November, the two are in a better place than ever. The coparents even vacationed in Mexico with Disick’s 20-year-old girlfriend, Sofia Richie, last month.

“Kourtney, Scott and Sofia are one modern family,” a source close told Us in December. “It wasn’t a surprise that Sofia went away with them — it was a family trip. Sofia and Scott are together, they are in love and she’s part of the family now.”

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 23: Television personalities Scott Disick (L) and Kourtney Kardashian attend Scott's birthday celebration at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) CALABASAS, CA - JANUARY 25: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick at the Kardashians Website Launch For Their Store Dash at Dash in Calabasas, California. * EXCLUSIVE * (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick arrive on the Red Carpet at the Premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Step Brothers' at the Mann Village Theater on July 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: TV personalities Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick attend 'Rock The Vote' Hosted by Christina Aguilera held at the Esquire House Hollywood Hills on September 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian pose during a photo shoot on August 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/KK/WireImage)
WEEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Television personality Kourtney Kardashian and fiance Scott Disick sighting on September 22, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Wolf/FilmMagic)
COSTA MESA, CA - DECEMBER 03: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian at The An Family's Celebration of The Grand Opening Of their Gourmet Bistro AnQi located in The South Coast Plaza on December 3, 2009 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick leave Il Pastaio on December 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 19: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian attend Jet Nightclub at The Mirage on February 19, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
WELLINGTON, FL - MARCH 14: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are sighted at Palm Beach International Polo Club on March 14, 2010 in Wellington, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 2: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick arrive at The Taste of Beverly Hills on September 2, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) TV personalities Kimberly Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick attend the Jill Stuart Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian sighting at Meatpacking District on October 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
TV personalityies Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian attend the RLife LIVE launch at R Lounge at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel on October 29, 2010 in New York, City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 13: (L-R) Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian sighting at Upper East Side on May 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Television personalities Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian arrive to celebrate Kourtney's birthday at Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood on April 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 27: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian dine at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas on May 27, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian arrives at Chateau nightclub at Paris Las Vegas on May 27, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
TV personalities Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick attends Chateau Nightclub & Gardens on July 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 31: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Television personalities Scott Disick (L) and Kourtney Kardashian celebrate New Year's Eve at the Sugar Factory at the Paris Las Vegas on December 31, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick attend the grand opening of RYU on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are sighted on September 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 31: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian arrive at Kim Kardashian's Halloween party at LIV nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami on October 31, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Scott Disick, and Kourtney Kardashian are seen in Soho on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 26: Television personalies Scott Disick (L) and Kourtney Kardashian arrive at Scott's 30th birthday bash at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio on May 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 21: TV personalities Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian attend the Wildfox Swim Cruise 2014 show at Soho Beach House on July 21, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Wildfox)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian attend a cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of new watch for Audemars Piguet on September 27, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian seen outside the DASH store on November 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are seen in Soho on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: (L-R) Television personalities Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are seen on May 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Television personalities Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick pose circa March 2014 in Miami Florida. (Photo by Jason Binn/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick leaving the Four Seasons George V Hotel on May 23, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are seen in Sag Harbor on June 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 09: TV Personality Kourtney Kardashian and husband Scott Disick attend Women's Health Hosts Hamptons 'Party Under The Stars' for RUN10 FEED10 at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club on August 9, 2014 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Women's Health)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are seen on September 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian are seen on October 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 18: Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian celebrate Kourtney Kardashian's birthday at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on April 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
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