Kim Kardashian Speaks Out About Jeffree Star's Problematic Past After He Receives Backlash
15 August 2017, 11:23 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:42
"If someone claims that they have changed I would love to give them the benefit of the doubt"
Kim Kardashian has spoken out against the criticism Jeffree Star has faced for making racist comments.
In 2016, a ten year-old video from Jeffree Star's MySpace account surfaced; in which the makeup artist and YouTuber made comments about wanting to "throw battery acid" in the face of a black woman lightening her skin. Since the video came to light, Jeffree has faced backlash and boycotts from the beauty community; including high-profile beauty YouTuber Jackie Aina, who refused to use his products in protest of his comments. But after another bought of backlash, Kim Kardashian stepped in to defend the controversial vlogger.
It all started after Jeffree Star criticised Kim Kardashian on Twitter.
Jeffree Star took to the social media platform yesterday to call out Kim for the way she swatched her new makeup-line during a Snapchat reveal.
"Um... Kim what is going on with those new swatches?" he tweeted. He added, "Looks like chalk."
Umm... Kim what is going on with those new swatches?? Looks like chalk pic.twitter.com/yCTZg2UhZu— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 14, 2017
But after fans brought up Jeffree Star's problematic comments to defend Kim, she decided to step in and defend him.
"I see that my fans are totally hating on someone like Jeffree Star for being honest about my struggle-swatches," she said in a Snapchat video. "I see you being so petty, bringing up things in his past where he was negative, but he's also apologised for those things," she added.
Although she agreed that saying "racial things" is "a serious deal", Kim said in the video that she believes "in people changing," and wants to give Jeffree "the benefit of the doubt and accept that people change and move on."
"So everyone get off his ass and lets not be so negative," she added. "We’re all in this together, there’s room for all of us. Love you Jeffree."
Kim also said that she was happy to receive criticism on her swatching from Jeffree; as it allows her to learn "from the best", adding that she welcomes "honest comments" about her products.
Kim reaffirmed that she does take racism seriously.
"I do not defend people that are racist and I'm very against it," she told fans 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." Speaking specifically about Jeffree, she continued: "That's why I so appreciate that he apologised and was really honest about the things he said in the past. So just enough. Just don't bring it up anymore. People want to forget the negative things they did in the past, and I do too."
Afterwards, Jeffree took to social media to thank Kim for her support.
"I fucking love Kim Kardashian and was giving her shit earlier because I didn't like how she swatched her powders," he wrote.
I fucking love @KimKardashian and was giving her shit earlier because I didn't like how she swatched her powders! Doesn't mean it's bad— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 15, 2017
Shout out to everyone out there who loves the truth, I appreciate everyone who respects my opinions— Jeffree Star (@JeffreeStar) August 15, 2017
He then took to Snapchat to assure fans that he felt "no hate towards Kim", revealing that he had spent time at her house last month.
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