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Sway House star under fire for allegedly racist hand gesture

The video was uploaded to Bryce Hall's IG story.


Angelica Arinze


Posted on Oct 5, 2020   Updated on Oct 5, 2020, 5:11 pm CDT

Sway House member Nick Bean is receiving backlash following an allegedly racist video of him doing what appears to be the “fox eye.”

The video, which was uploaded on Bryce Hall’s recent Instagram story, shows the content creator using two of his fingers to push the sides of his eyes upward. Shortly after the story was posted, people began accusing Bean of doing the “fox eye”—a discriminatory trend in which people stretch their eyes to mimic or mock the Asian eye shape. 

The story was reposted on @tiktokinsiders, an Instagram account that posts trending TikTok drama and news. In a comment that has now received over 800 likes, one user said that his actions highlight how normalized discrimination is against the Asian community: “Him doing it and Bryce recording n putting it on his story just shows just how much normalized racism against Asians really is.”

Another user also stated that Bean is “a very grown man” and that “he should educate himself without ppl asking him to,” in a comment that has also received over 800 likes. 

On the other hand, many also took to Bean’s defense, with one user stating that the creator was “simply putting his fingers up to his face” and one user even claiming that creators “literally can’t post anything anymore” without receiving backlash.

“At this point if you take a poop you’ll get hate for it 🙄 yall literally can’t post anything anymore🤦🏻‍♂️,” the user commented.

Despite the users coming to his defense, many agree that Bean’s actions were offensive to the Asian community. One user noted that “If you are not Asian, don’t say a word in his defence [sic]” and another, who is Asian, commented that the mocking and oppression of Asians need to stop. 

“As an asian, we have been oppressed for SO long, and now the whites are tying [sic] to reclaim it,” the user said. “Pls pls pls pls stop!! we are all human, and we should all treat each other equally. just be your own race, and don’t mock it. not that hard.”

The video is no longer live on Bryce Hall’s Instagram story. At this time, Nick Bean has not responded to any allegations to the controversy.

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*First Published: Oct 5, 2020, 12:50 pm CDT