Kendall Jenner is accused of cultural appropriation online
As the stars of both Instagram and the E! Channel, the Kardashian women are among the most popular female celebrities out there today. Over the years, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney have graced our screens on shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, giving us plenty of memorable moments along the way.
Recently, however, the younger generation of Kardashians have taken up the mantle, and they're now just as if not more prominent than their older half-sisters. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are now the names on everyone's lips, and in between modelling gigs and rabid social media followings, they're arguably some of the biggest names around.
Of course, every celebrity is prone to a misstep from time to time, and even Kendall Jenner isn't exempt from drawing criticism online. With her every move under a microscope, even this model gets plenty of flak on social media, and after a tweet sent earlier this week, Kendall Jenner has faced a great deal of criticism from Twitterati across the globe.
This is a tweet Kendall Jenner posted last week, with the 21-year-old posing with her family for the cover of Hollywood Reporter. Everyone's looking fantastic as we've come to expect from the Kardashian clan, and Kendall Jenner let her 23.7 million followers of her delight, saying: "sister power... girl power".
The only problem, according to those Twitter followers? In celebrating her family's latest successful photoshoot, Kendall used an emoji. But not just any emoji... Kendall Jenner used a fist emoji with the "medium" skin tone. Some sections of the Twitter community was less than impressed.
It's important to note that while Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian are all of Armenian descent (courtesy of their father, Rob Kardashian), Kendall and Kylie Jenner are both offspring of Caitlyn Jenner, whose ethnic roots are primarily English and European, so you can see why she was criticised for using the "medium" emoji.
On the other hand, people were quick to criticize the critics of Kendall Jenner's tweet faux pas. With so much going on in the world at the moment, Twitter was equally awash with people wondering if there were bigger fish for society to fry.
Of course, this isn't the first time that Kendall Jenner, or indeed the rest of her family, has been accused of cultural appropriation. In the past, Kendall's younger sister Kylie was criticised for braiding her hair into cornrows, while Khloé came under fire for wearing a Niqab during a trip to Dubai. This is, however, the first time that the Kardashians have been accused of digital cultural appropriation.
What do you think? Is the criticism for Kendall Jenner's choice of emoji color justified? Or, do you think that this emoji storm has been blown out of proportion, especially with the state of current affairs at the moment? Either way, I would imagine that no matter how many more social media posts Kendall Jenner makes, she'll be a lot more careful with the color of her emojis.