Kim Kardashian Apologizes After Defending Makeup Vlogger's Racist Past
Fans were outraged after the reality star supported Jeffree Star, who has a history of racist comments, which he has since apologized for.
Much has been made of Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty cream contour kit, with makeup artists and fans alike both criticizing and praising the kit for its quality.
Jeffree Star, a makeup artist who rose to fame on YouTube and currently has 5.3 million subscribers, has come out on the side of the detractors; his preliminary review of Kardashian's new powder contour kit, which will be available in Aug. 22, is erring on the negative side, too.
Umm... Kim what is going on with those new swatches?? Looks like chalk pic.twitter.com/yCTZg2UhZu— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 14, 2017
Kardashian's fans attacked Star on Twitter for his take on the new palette, and initially, Kardashian defended him. "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," she told followers on Snapchat, referring to the racist comments Star made in 2004 and for which he apologized in June of this year. "And I get 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. I know better than anyone that I hate when people bring up my past or mistakes I've made in the past. So let him live."
Star's comments were not a onetime thing. Over the early years of his YouTube career, Star made a series of racist comments toward African-Americans and Mexicans, as well as several misogynistic comments, many of them violent.
Star issued the following apology in a video posted in June: "Those videos were 12 years ago and I look at them and it just makes me sick to my stomach because I don’t know who that person was. In these videos I say some really disgusting, vile, nasty and embarrassing things," he says. "The past can never be erased. It is always going to be there. The person who said those horrible, vile things, that person was depressed, that person was just angry at the world, that person felt like they were not accepted, that person was seeking attention. But does that make it OK? Absolutely not."
Kardashian later posted another Snapchat to tell her followers to "get off his ass and not be so negative." She continued, "I do not defend people that are racist and I am very against it, but if someone claims that they have changed, I would love to give them the benefit of the doubt, and I pray to God that they do change for the sake of my children and my friends."
Kardashian's fans lashed out at the reality star for so easily accepting this apology, bringing up that fact that she's married to a black man and raising biracial children.
Idk what is worse, watching Kim K swatch sidewalk chalk or watching her defend a racist and bigot knowing she has an interracial family— Lo (@xoxoQueenLo) August 15, 2017
Kim K is trash, your daughter and son are black. How tf are you openly supporting and defending a racist crackhead— scary spice (@primalaprincess) August 15, 2017
This is why black women feel some type of way when black men date yt women. Kim K still can't buy a clue smh— Jo (@jessiexjo) August 15, 2017
After facing much backlash, Kardashian issued an apology to her fans on Tuesday morning.
"I really want to apologize to you guys for defending a situation yesterday that I really didn't know enough about," she stated. "I just feel a bit naive and I really want to apologize for me feeling like I had the right to say 'get over it' in a situation that involves racism. I just don't feel like I have the right to speak on that. I really am sorry."