Kim Kardashian Apologises For Telling Fans To "Get Over" Jeffree Star's Racist Comments
16 August 2017, 13:21
She said she didn't know enough about Jeffree's past to comment.
Kim Kardashian apologised to fans today after receiving backlash for defending Jeffree Star.
On 14th August, Kim Kardashian shared a series of snapchat videos accusing her fans of being "petty" for bringing up racist comments that Jeffree had made in the past. "Just don’t bring it up anymore," she said on Snapchat, referring to Jeffree's racist comments. "People want to forget the negative things they do in the past, and I do to."
However, Kim Kardashian's defence of Jeffree Star was met with backlash
One of Kim's most high-profile critics was beauty YouTuber Jackie Aina, who has publicly criticised Jeffree before.
"WE do not have to forgive Jeffree Star," Jackie tweeted at Kim. "Especially when his behaviour has not changed."
She added, "Everyone has a past they shouldn't be judged for but this isn't one of those times. Kim Kardashian his comments don't effect [sic] you, be mindful of that"
. @KimKardashian WE do not have to forgive Jeffree Star. Especially when his behavior has not changed.— La Bronze James (@jackieaina) August 15, 2017
everyone has a past they shouldnt be judged for but this isnt 1 of those times @KimKardashian his comments dont effect u, be mindful of that— La Bronze James (@jackieaina) August 15, 2017
Many pointed out that it wasn't Kim's place to ask people to forgive Jeffree's racism towards black people, because Kim herself isn't black.
"His apology isn't hers to accept," wrote one Twitter user.
Kim Kardashian, a non black person of color telling black people to get over Jeffree Star's racism. Good morning to everyone BUT Kim K pic.twitter.com/9b63uZidUk— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) August 15, 2017
Idc how Kim Kardashian feels about Jeffree Star. His apology wasn't for her to accept, since his comments weren't aimed at her. Bye! pic.twitter.com/cPswMwXfod— Dewayne (@MoreDewayne) August 15, 2017
Following the backlash, Kim Kardashian apologised in another Snapchat video.
Explaining that she "didn't know enough about" the situation, Kim Kardashian apologised for assuming she "had the right to say 'get over it' in a situation that involved racism."
She did, however, double down on her previous comment that people are able to change. "My last message is that I do believe that people are born to love, and born with love, and that they're taught to hate," she said.
Watch the full apology videos below:
On Twitter, Jeffree argued that there were more important things to talk about than the ongoing drama between him and Kim Kardashian
Referring to the recent neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville, USA, Jeffree tweeted, "The media wants to keep us all distracted by news headlines about me and Kim, but let's talk about how sad our country is right now."
He added: "Because with how dark and depressing America is right now, I don't think I'm important. Stop wasting time on gossip and focus on reality."
The media wants to keep us all distracted by news headlines about me and Kim, but let's talk about how sad our country is right now.— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 15, 2017
Because with how dark and depressing America is right now, I don't think I'm important. Stop wasting time on gossip and focus on reality.— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 15, 2017
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