Nikita Dragun is being called “racist” and “sexist” for her VMAs look

29 August 2019, 14:38

Nikita Dragun
Nikita Dragun. Picture: Kevin Mazur/WireImage // Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

By Staff

“This is very stupid and disgusting. What is it for?”

Beauty YouTuber Nikita Dragun is facing a backlash for taking three men on leashes to the VMAs.

Nikita wore an extravagant, glittering dress at this year’s ceremony, but what really got people talking were the ‘accessories’ she chose to compliment her look. The YouTuber lead three men wearing collars with a lead down the red carpet, posting to Instagram: “‘hiring’ one boyfriend didn’t exactly work out the first time... so this time I hired 3”.

But Nikita has been receiving criticism for the look, with some people calling it sexist and racist.

“On top of the racism the dress is ugly and the wig is bad so there's that,” one commenter wrote.

Another wrote: “This a bad idea to publicly display no matter who is at the end of the leash...but especially when it’s a black body at the end of that leash. This will never sit right with me!”

“This is very stupid and disgusting. What is it for?” wrote another.

Taking to Instagram to address some of the criticism, Nikita wrote that her look wasn’t sexist as she was using it to “take back” power.

“I wish I could’ve told my younger self I would be walking down the #vmas red carpet and that it’s okay to dream big despite what everyone says. This has truly been a dream come true. Growing up a little boy in Springfield, Virginia to now a big girl living her Hollywood dreams! ‘Why is she at the VMAs’... because I’m a bad bitch that’s why,” she wrote.

“I know everyone has had plenty to say about my look but I’m glad. I wanted to make a statement on the power of the woman. It makes people uncomfortable and some might say ReVeRse SeXisM... but sexism is prejudice + power. Men are the dominant gender with power... and it’s time women take back that power…”

Nikita’s look wasn’t the only one causing controversy. Tana Mongeau also received some backlash for taking a snake to the event, with some people saying it was cruel to use a live animal as an accessory.

Maybe next year everyone should just commit to wearing a nice dress without any live humans or animals involved? Just maybe.