Kim Kardashian accused of racism after wearing controversial Halloween costume

Kim Kardashian accused of racism after wearing controversial Halloween costume

With all the pregnancy rumours, constant drama, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians gossip, Kim K does a fantastic job of keeping herself in the headlines - albeit not always for the right reasons. Most recently, the reality star has come under fire for her choice of Halloween costume.

Over the last few days, the wife of Kanye West and soon-to-be mother of three has been showcasing a number of different outfits at various Halloween events - most of which received a fairly positive reception. There was this costume, which Cher herself commented on, saying Kim looked "beautiful":

And after that, she pulled off an amazing Madonna/Michael Jackson look with her sister Kourtney which had some fans absolutely gagging:

However, before she transformed into the Queen of Pop, Kim had taken her costume inspiration from another singer - but people weren't too happy about it.

Adorned in tight leather trousers and a silver chain bra, with a thick diamante choker around her neck, Kim proudly posted a video of herself to Twitter with the caption, "Baby Girl Aaliyah". This was, of course, a tribute to the late R&B singer Aaliyah, who died aged just 22 in a plane accident 16 years ago.

So what was the issue? Was it her gratuitous amount of eye shadow? Or perhaps her strange choice of angles? Or even the accidental nip-slip (it's brief, but it's there)? Nope - none of those.

Fans didn't have an issue with how she managed to replicate the look per se, but many were angry that she had dared to wear the costume at all.

As the top comment in response to Kim's tweet explains, "Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and [Kim is] not".

And other fans quickly stepped in to let Kim know of her mistake.

"Yeah let’s just let all things pass under the rug, huh? Never said it was blackface, but you can’t tell me she didn’t add a lil extra tan," commented one Twitter user.

"It’s offensive because babygirl is DEAD & you can’t pay hommage [sic] when you’re an Armenian just using her look as a costume. That’s the issue," wrote another.

Arguably, any form of blackface should be condemned, as - even though Kim's skin tone is similar to Aaliyah's - it's unacceptable to treat another race as a costume.

And yet, many black people came to Kim's defense, saying that Kim had not altered her skin color in any way, and was simply wearing the same clothes as somebody who was obviously an icon to her. No disrespect was intended - at least it seems that way - so what's the harm?

Whether the reality star made the right decision with her costume is not really my place to say - but issues like this serve as a good reminder to make careful choices about dressing up around Halloween, and to do what we can in order to ensure that we don't offend people.

Fans are still divided on the issue, and Kim has yet to comment on the matter.