Kim Kardashian Draws Ire For Defending Makeup Vlogger’s Racist Past
Kim Kardashian has some serious making up to do—and we don't mean with her new contour kit.
The reality star-turned-fashion mogul is in hot water after a video of her flippantly brushing off a makeup vlogger's history of making racist statements began circulating online.
In the clip, Kardashian, who can be seen having her makeup applied, talks about infamous makeup vlogger and Internet personality Jeffree Star, who has been under attack from the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's fans after being critical of her KKW Beauty products on Snapchat.
"I see that my fans are totally hating on someone like Jeffree Star for being honest about my struggle swatches. But because of his remarks, I'm learning from the best," she shares, at first seeming to defend him solely on the laurels of his product critique.
And then, this happens: "So guys, I see you being so petty, bringing up things in his past where he, you know, was negative. But he's also apologized for those things. And I get that it's a serious deal if you say, like, racial things but I do believe in people changing and people that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. And accept that people, you know, that people change and move on," Kardashian continues, referencing Star's history of making vile racist comments.
"I know better than anyone that I hate when people bring up my past or mistakes that I've made in the past, so let him live," she urges, setting aside the vlogger's controversial past because she's "swatching [makeup] better now" thanks to his tips.
While Star did, in fact, offer an apology for making racist comments before, and while people do change and evolve, hopefully for the better, the issue many have taken with Kardashian's tone deaf plea for good vibes is that her excuse of the makeup artist's controversial past seems to come primarily from a selfish place, one which is more centered on improving her personal skills with cosmetics and improving her brand quality rather than pure character development.
Furthermore, it is not up to Kardashian, a privileged white woman who has profitably appropriated black culture before, to excuse racism (or someone's racist past) or to decide what people of color should forgive.
Taking someone to task for racist behavior, whether current or previous, is not "being pretty." In our current political climate, it's necessary discourse.
Below, see some of the reactions to Kardashian's message across Twitter:
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