Kylie Jenner is being blamed for the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville
Last weekend, the United States was forced to contend with shocking displays of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ahead of the scheduled removal of a statue of Confederate leader General Robert E Lee, white nationalist campaigners clashed with counter-protesters, and a car drove into a crowd of these protesters, injuring 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
In the wake of the incident, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe strongly condemned the violence that ensued, and told the protesters to leave the country, describing them as "not Americans".
The United States has seen a dramatic spike in race-motivated hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, and most political pundits are at a loss as to the cause of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, not to mention the root of the simmering racial tension in the United States.
One rapper, however, has bizarrely identified a specific celebrity as the catalyst for the uprising of white supremacists in America: Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian Clan.
You may remember Irv Gotti as the founder of the record label known as The Inc, but in an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Gotti laid the blame at the door of the Kardashians, and specifically their preference for dating black men. Gotti believes this has had such a profound effect on some white men they have taken to white nationalism, and asserts this also plays in President Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again".
"F*ck it. Let’s talk about it right now. This is what they hate right now. With a passion. Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner’s daughter. Arguably the HOTTEST CHICK ON THE PLANET!! Dated Tyga!! Now dating Travis Scott!! 2 RAP N*GGAS!! I think when Trump says. LETS MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. I think he is saying LETS GET OUR WOMEN BACK!! Cause the Hip Hop Culture has f*cked up the whole sh*t. F*ck it. I’m gonna say it. THE KARDASHIAN CLAN AND THE TWO JENNER DAUGHTERS. Has f*cked up the whole world." [sic]
It remains to be seen if Irv Gotti's assertion is true. So far, he has failed to reconcile the discrepancy between Kylie Jenner's birthday (August 10, 1997) with the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, America's primary white supremacist group (December 24, 1865). On Twitter, Irv Gotti has been heavily criticised for his outspoken opinion.
Despite his comments, Gotti has claimed there's no ill will on his part for the Kardashians, admitting that he "love[s] them and their success", saying that Kylie's mother Kris Jenner is a "f***ing genius" for building such an extensive socialite empire. Racism is a much more nuanced and complicated situation than Gotti is describing.
White nationalism definitely did not arise with the popularity of the Kardashians, and the violence that occurred in Charlottesville last weekend tragically reflects the fact that despite decades of progress in civil rights, the United States still has a long way to go before achieving true racial equality.