One of the stars of Netflix’s “Bling Empire” got called out for allegedly spreading Asian hate by dissing a famous sushi joint — but he’s hollering right back … respectfully, calling BS.
Kane Lim — a Singaporean real estate developer — was recently filmed on a pal’s IG Story, hyping up the fact they were eating from another sushi restaurant in town, Tadaima, instead of L.A. celeb hot spot Yamashiro … which they, including KL, openly mocked and called “disgusting.”
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Yamashiro’s head chef, Vallerie Castillo Archer, took the jab personally, and also leveled an allegation against Lim and his buddies … saying they were helping spread hate against their own race.
She wrote, in part … “How can we promote Stop Asian Hate when we are the ones publicly hating on Asians?” She added that she found Lim’s remarks hurtful to the cause.
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Despite how Vallerie interpreted Lim’s comments, he tells TMZ she’s got this one wrong, and is kinda making a mountain out of a mole hill. Kane says his remarks were simply based on his own eating experience at Yamashiro from a few years back — and were not aimed at her, her work or her staff directly. He just didn’t dig the food there, period.
With that said, Kane adds this … “It’s unfortunate this has escalated to this level. I get how it has been interpreted and am disappointed it’s been crafted into an Asian-hate thing.”
Kane goes on to clarify that he does NOT hate his own race, and as far as Val … he’s more than willing to make amends and give Yamashiro another shot. In fact, we’re told they’re making plans to meet up and hash this out in the near future.