Kris Jenner Reposts Kylie Jenner's "Blackface" Photo — Supportive Mom Move Or A Slap In The Face?
Sometimes I wish I had three hands, two to function normally and one to permanently wag a finger at Kris Jenner. Momager of the Kardashian-Jenner clan re-posted Kylie Jenner's "Is It Or Isn't It Blackface" photo to her Instagram Monday morning, with no comment about the controversy. She captioned it "WOW! You are stunning, Kylie," with a series of proud mom hashtags as usual like #proudmama and #obsessedwithyou. Oh, Kris: why?! When you gonna learn?
If you missed it, Kylie recently 'grammed a photo of herself from a recent photoshoot wearing more bronzer than Kardashian money could buy, and captioned it "Wish I looked like this all the time." The problem was that the photo suspiciously and uncomfortably looked like Kylie in blackface, and the Instagram isn't the first time Kylie has been accused of appropriating black culture. She deleted the photo in light of the comments that blew up on the post and on Twitter, but later reposted it with a different, ruder caption: "This is a blacklight and neon lights people calm down." Because if there's one thing that people of color love to hear when questioning appropriation, it's the "calm down, you're overreacting" response.
So what's the point of Kris joining in the on the conversation? Does she really think that this won't add fuel to the fire? Maybe she thinks that this will calm things down (everybody, CALM DOWN) after Kylie tried and failed to defend herself on Twitter, saying that the blackface accusations were silly and that the shoot was simply about the sparkle and glamour of it all. "Yes, in another world I wish I could have pink hair & blue eyes & covered in sparkles." K, me too, but what does that really have to do with the fact that it DOES look like blackface?
Kris offered no apology nor an explanation either, and that kind of flip ignorance is what's really dangerous here. Sure, we can write the Kardashians off as kooky and nutty, but they are some of the most recognized and richest celebrities in the world, so how can we not hold their actions accountable? What is it about Kris Jenner's re-blog that feels so snooty? It's hard to put a finger on, but possibly because it does not at all acknowledge either the initial outrage about the photo nor Kylie's watery response.
And even though it's a standard rule that you should probably NEVER read the comments, the interesting part about the post on Instagram is that it, of course, re-ignited the anger about the photoshoot. One of the comments especially summed up just what is so frustrating about the photos: "Stop telling people they need to grow up and stop making everything race, um no one made her pick this color she did and yes she looks black." AMEN, @mikedrumgods.
And there's the rub: Kylie Jenner's choice in the photoshoot, and by proxy, Kris Jenner, momager extraordinaire's, choice. Feigning ignorance is one thing, sounding the call of "we didn't mean to," but the response from Kylie backed up by Kris suggests that they find no issue whatsoever with the photo. And unfortunately, in the long run, how likely is this to affect them? That's one of the things that's so unique about the Kardashians: they're pulling new moves every day, and a lot of these problematic issues get buried. Which is why their critics should certainly not have to calm down.