"How tf are you openly supporting and defending a racist crackhead?"
Kim Kardashian has done a lot of controversial things in the past, but her latest stunt has fans outraged over her lack of respect for people of color. Her followers are calling her out for “overlooking racism” when she defended YouTube personality Jeffree Star, who has a history of making racist remarks against minorities. Many fans are up in arms about how quickly the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star decided to overlook the makeup guru’s past offensive comments, despite being a mother to biracial children.
Is this Kim having her own “Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad” moment? It certainly looks to be that way!
Kim Kardashian is in hot water with fans for seemingly “overlooking racism” while defending YouTube makeup guru Jeffree Star. Everything started when the vlogger criticized the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star for the way she swatched her new KKW Beauty contour palette powders in several Snapchat videos. Putting the product on blast for looking “rough” and “chalky,” he wrote on Twitter, “Umm… Kim what is going on with those new swatches?? Looks like chalk.”
Naturally, fans quickly came to the 36-year-old’s defense. Many put the beauty vlogger on blast for giving the product a negative review without trying it, while some went as far as to point out his history with racism. (Last year, a video surfaced in which Jeffree made several racial slurs, including “n****r bitch” and “I win by having diamond rims, and you win by being a poor Mexican.”)
Having caught wind the online tiff, Kim sided with Jeffree and called her followers “petty” for bringing up the 31-year-old racist past.
“I see [my fans] being so petty bringing up things from his past where he, you know, was negative, but he’s also apologized for those things,” she said in an Instagram video. “And I get that it’s a serious deal if you say racial things, but I do believe in people changing and people that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.”
She continued, “I welcome honest, you know, comments about my product and because of it I’m swatching better now. So everyone get off his ass, and lets not be so negative. We’re all in this together, there’s room for all of us. Love you, Jeffree!”
Fans immediately took to Twitter to drag Kim, claiming she was “overlooking racism” and brushing things off despite being married to a black man. Many slammed the Selfish author — who is the mother of two biracial children — for supporting a man who once joked about throwing battery acid in a black woman’s face to lighten her skin color.
“You say black folk cannot wear MAC Cosmetics, and then you splashed acid in her face,” Jeffree said in a past video, which was unearthed in 2016 during his feud with tattoo artist Kat Von D. “Well, maybe if she wasn’t wearing the wrong foundation color, I wouldn’t have HAD to splash no battery acid to lighten her skin tone, girl.”
After Kim threw her support for Jeffree, people called her out as well for being equally complicit in his racist behavior. “Kim K is trash, your daughter and son are black. How tf are you openly supporting and defending a racist crackhead,” one tweeted. Another wrote on Twitter, “Kim K., like so many other white women who have black children/spouses, has the luxury of overlooking racism when it’s convenient for her.”
“Kim K basically saying makeup is more important to her than racism,” one user summarized. “That should tell you all you need to know abt her.”
Kim since issued an apology for her comments, explaining she “didn’t know enough” about Jeffree’s past and jumped to his defense without taking into consideration her fans’ concerns.
“I really wanted to apologize to you guys and my fans for defending a situation yesterday that I really didn’t know enough about. I just feel a bit naive, and I do want to really apologize for me feeling like I had the right to say ‘get over it’ in a situation that involved racism. And I just really feel like I don’t have the right to speak on that,” she said in a video shared the following day.
“From the bottom of my heart, I was and I’ve always been about just like, positivity and I’ve never just been a negative person, so my whole thing was, ‘Hey guys, I don’t want to see negativity on my timeline or in my mentions, let’s just move forward, let’s just be positive and let’s just move past this.’ I realize I was a bit naive in saying that.”
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