This past week, social media queen and ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashian’ star Kim Kardashian West posted a video on Snapchat where she basically chastised her fans and followers who were dragging makeup vlogger Jeffree Star after he commented on Kardashian West’s makeup swatches. Commenters came for Star regarding racist remarks he has made towards other minority Youtubers as well as comments made about African-American and Latina women in general. In response, Kardashian West fired back telling everyone to “get over it”, “let him live” and “to stop being negative”. Of course, true to celebrity-foot-in-mouth-form, she later posted another video apologizing for suggesting that people get over issues they might have with Star’s racist comments or his racist “past”. She stated that she was naive. Since then I’ve seen many people, fans and impartial bystanders alike, saying that she’s “just dumb” and that her apology was appreciated. But why? Why does it feel like people are giving her a pass?
Let’s go back and break this all down, in her apology Kardashian West called herself naive, stating she “defended a situation yesterday that I didn’t know enough about”. Being that she spends so much time on social media and that her fans were quick to bring Star’s past to her attention this time, one could only assume that Star’s problematic, racist comments had been brought up to her on other occasions. For example, like this past June when Kardashian West posted pictures of all the makeup who’s who that was invited to her KKW launch party, which Star attended, and coincidentally left out tagging Jackie Aina, an African-American vlogger, and makeup guru.
Twitter went crazy. Especially given the fact that earlier that month Aina and Star got into a social media beef. The issue started when Aina posted an anti-haul video explaining how she would not support Star given his racist comments. Kardashian West later issued a pseudo apology/explanation for the alleged shade in not tagging Aina. I find it hard to believe that no one explained the correlation between the missed tag for Aina and the beef Star had with Aina. Nowhere during that time did anyone make mention of Star’s racist comments as it played into the situation?!
Further into her apology video, Kardashian West goes onto say that she “just wants to move forward and be positive”, after all, like she stated in her original video defending Star, she “believe[s] in people changing and people that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt” especially since Star was just being “negative”. Kardashian West knows all too well the difference between someone making negative remarks and someone making racist remarks.
In 2014, during an episode of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ while on a plane ride home with then 1 year-old daughter, North West, another passenger verbally attacked the pair telling Kardashian West to “shut that BLACK baby up!” and continued to call her out for being a black guy and having sex with one on tape. I wonder if this passenger made a blanket apology on social media a la Star would Kardashian West be willing to “get over it” and give that passenger the “benefit of the doubt” for her tirade against a baby, I don’t think so. This event came after a man at the Vienna Ball approached her in blackface.
These events contradict the idea that Kardashian West would be “naive” but that word was used as her shield, coupled with the fact that she is married to an African-American man and has two biracial children with him, against the idea that her words were that of a woman nestled deep in the bosom of white privilege. And I know that everyone is going to say SHE’S ARMENIAN, yes but the life she’s lived has been one of white privilege. In a 2014 blog post, Kardashian West admitted that “before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle”.
With all of this being said the woman defending Jeffree Star and the woman who has not only experiencing racism but acknowledges it as a conversation within her home as she raises black children, doesn’t seem to be one in the same. Kim isn’t naïve to racism nor the situation and drama surrounding Jeffree Star, nor has she been. I didn’t know who he was but a simple click of his name on any social media platform will bring up his racist tirade video and screenshots of his racist comments. So let’s not pretend that Kardashian West had no idea. She should have gotten on her video and simply said what it was, that she’s trying to break into the makeup game and needs certain allies so she chooses to break bread with Star. The fact that her fans and followers are coming for him might make it seem like she is guilty by association when she really wants to overlook his issues for the sake of a dollar.
As of right now, there are African-Americans that will continue to support the Kim Kardashian West brand like many have chosen to still support Jeffree Star, which they are free to do but we need to stop granting excuses. It took Jeffree Star almost two decades to develop his mindset so it would stand to reason that it would take just as long if not longer to uproot and reprogram his ideologies towards people of color if it’s even possible to rehabilitate someone like Star or those who participated in the Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville. Kim Kardashian West will still deal with Star and people like him because she isn’t black, regardless of those she goes home to, she’s a woman who is comfortable saying this isn’t her battle and bending over (no pun intended) for a coin.
But next time Mrs. Kardashian West, save the apology, think of your beautiful BLACK children and think before you speak.
Do you think Kim Kardashian meant well with her apology or was she just saving face?
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.