Here's Why Kim Kardashian's Jeffree Star Comments Have People Upset
This Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has found herself in some hot water — again. People are mad at Kim Kardashian after she seemingly defended makeup artist Jeffree Star, who recently criticized her upcoming KKW powder and contour kit, which was announced on Monday. The main issue people are finding with Kardashian's comments is the fact that Star is known for having made racist comments in the past.
All of this started on Monday, when Star took to Twitter expressing his distaste of Kardashian's makeup swatches. "Umm... Kim what is going on with those new swatches?? Looks like chalk." He continued, "I'm never a fan of finger swatches so I'll have to try the @kkwbeauty on my face for a final verdict but... doesn't look great so far." He also tweeted, "I'll review the @kkwbeauty powder contour kits and see the real tea myself but them swatches were rough y'all!!!"
His review didn't bother the 36-year-old reality star, as she defended his comments on her makeup via Snapchat Monday. "I see that my fans are totally hating on someone like Jeffree Star for being honest about my struggle swatches. But because of his remarks, I'm learning from the best, like Mario [Dedivanovic, her makeup artist] like how to swatch properly," she said, before adding, "Guys, I see you being so petty and bringing up things in [Star's] past where he was negative, but he has also apologized for those things."
Kardashian did bring up Star's racist remarks and said, "I get [that] it's a serious deal if you say racial things, but I do believe in people changing, and people that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and accept that people change and move on." She continued, "I know better than anyone that I hate when people bring up my past or mistakes that I've made in the past. So let him live."
Star appreciated Kardashian's defense and tweeted Monday, "I f*cking love @KimKardashian and was giving her sh*t earlier because I didn't like how she swatched her powders! Doesn't mean it's bad." He continued, "I always give honest, real reviews once I try a product on my face. I never look at swatches and make a full review come on..." Star tweeted later about Kardashian Monday, "The fact that someone like @KimKardashian can understand and take real feedback is what a REAL boss bitch does. Love you."
Last July, Kat Von D, who was once a friend and collaborator with Star, slammed him for his unacceptable behavior. After Von D's statements were made, videos of 31-year-old Star making racial slurs appeared on Twitter. Soon after, he apologized by tweeting, "I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE. I was a stupid 19 year old who thought it was cool to be 'shocking' BUT: there was no hate in my heart." He also apologized in a 15 minute video posted to his YouTube channel.
On Monday, Kardashain also clarified that she doesn't support racism or racists, whatsoever. "I want to make one last thing clear: I do not defend people that are racist and I am very against it," she said on Snapchat. "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."
All of this got the attention of many individuals, who took to social media explaining why they're angry with Kardashian. Many Twitter users also brought up the fact that she is the mother of two mixed-race children. Here are just a few of the responses:
Of course, this got the Selfish author's attention, and she then took to Snapchat Tuesday to apologize for what she said. Part of her apology reads as follows:
"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 don't really feel like I have the right to speak on that ... I really am sorry and I just want to move forward and be positive."
Kardashian also made it clear that she wasn't going against her fans in any way, but just didn't want the negativity on her timeline.
Here are Kardashian's original comments:
And here is her apology:
"And my last message is, I do believe that people are born to love and born with love and they're taught to hate," she said near the end of her apology. "So, I have always had hopes that people can change and that people can learn to be better and do better and learn to find that love again."