Kim Kardashian posts apology online after defending make-up artist Jeffree Star
In the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville this past weekend which left three dead and 33 others injured, it seems that everyone has something to say about America and its complex history with institutionalised and systematic racism.
Whilst US President Donald Trump denounced the violence, he did not initially condemn the actions of the white supremacist groups. Only on Monday afternoon, two days after the protests, did he issue a statement declaring that "racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs."
Other high-profile names, however, came out in droves to disparage the ideology behind white nationalism. Certainly, former US President Barack Obama's passionate anti-racism tweet became the most liked ever on Twitter. Quoting the late South African president and activist, Nelson Mandela, he wrote: “no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.”
Regardless of your personal beliefs, it is apparent that now, more than ever, we must be cautious about what we choose to post online in this time of heightened tension. However, reality television personality and businesswoman Kim Kardashian paid no heed to this sentiment as on Monday she issued a defence of the makeup artist Jeffree Star - who is known to have made racist remarks.
Kim Kardashian posted an emotional apology on Snapchat yesterday morning after receiving backlash for telling people to "lay off" the makeup artist, Jeffree Star.
Star is no stranger to controversy. Video footage from 2005 depicts him using terms such as "poor Mexicans" and "n****" as well as calling a black woman a "stupid ape". He was also recently accused of donning black-face in a recent advertising campaign.
Despite all this, Kim Kardashian felt compelled to defend Jeffree in an ill-advised Snapchat where she condones his actions by saying that he had "already apologised".
Naturally, the people of the internet had no time for Kim who not only has a black husband but has two bi-racial children:
Kim quickly rushed to issue an apology on Tuesday morning wherein she referred to herself as "naive", she said:
"So 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 naïve, and I do want to really apologize for me feeling like I had the right to say 'get over it' in a situation that involves racism.
"I want to make one last thing clear, 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. . . So just don't bring it up anymore, people want to forget the negative things they do in the past, and I do, too."
It's apparent that Kim should be better educated on the realities of racism, both overt and inherent as she has two bi-racial children who unfortunately could be subjected to racist behaviour at some point in their lives.