Once racist always racist?
Many Twitter users seem to believe that about makeup guru and singer Jeffree Star and they’re slamming reality starlet Kim Kardashian West for defending him.
The hubbub went down after Kardashian West said her fans were being “petty” by bringing up his 12-year-old racist rant in response to the makeup artist criticizing her swatching skills.
“I get it’s a serious deal if you say racial things, but I do believe in people changing, and people that apologize,” Kardashian West says on Instagram Live Monday, Aug. 14. “I will give them the benefit of the doubt. I know better than anyone that I hate when people bring up my past or mistakes I’ve made in the past. So let him live.”
She added that everyone should “get off his ass” and “there’s room for all of us.
The stance led Twitter to do what it does best and dig up the vile remarks Star posted on MySpace in 2005. He finally apologized for them in a 10-minute June YouTube video.
This is what Kim K is telling us to get over. Kardashians love to profit off of blackness, but can’t get over their privilege. pic.twitter.com/ImC6vdQNoI
— Maxine Shaw (@MELODICthunder) August 15, 2017
Similar remarks pointing out Kardashian’s two young biracial children North and Saint West, whom she shares with Kanye West, poured out.
Me calling CPS on Kim K because she clearly does not know how to raise black children. pic.twitter.com/OGyDfXZLQi
— Cultural Curator (@BaeTheBlogger) August 15, 2017
Can someone tell Kim K that having a black husband and biracial kids doesn't make her the authority on what black people should forgive
— amanda (@anamandalorian) August 15, 2017
Remember when folks where like "Kim K isn't a white Woman." Exhibit A – defending a racist while having a Black husband and children https://t.co/PeOWK4ZsMc
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) August 15, 2017
Kim K doesnt care about black people. pic.twitter.com/i0OOOb3g8s
— Real.Since.86 (@Real_Since_86) August 15, 2017
Kardashian West may have had some time to think about the backlash hurled her way, however, as she later posted a clip to “make one last thing clear.”
“I do not defend people that are racist and I am very against it,” she says. “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.”