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Kat Von D’s Beauty Brand Reposted A Pretty Tone-Deaf Image And Wake Me Up When They Get Their Life Together

Kat Von D Beauty is walking a thin line. In recent years the beloved vegan beauty brand tied to the tattoo artist and makeup maven Kat Von D, has raised brows and infuriated consumers for offensive product names and promotions. A few years back it was a lipstick called Underage Red, this week it’s an Instagram promotion for the brand’s popular Lock-It concealer.

In a recently deleted post to the Von D Beauty brand’s Instagram page, which fans are calling tone deaf and insensitive, the brand seemingly made an in poor taste reference to slavery.

An image of a woman holding up a concealer before a field of cotton has fans incensed.

Both Kat Von D and her brand are being ridiculed by fans for reposting an image by one of the beauty brand’s fan pages (London Fame) which featured the hand of a dark-skinned woman holding up the Lock-It concealer against a field of cotton buds. It’s an image that I might have been willing to give a pass and chalk up to a concept executed with not so great care or thinking and a KVD Beauty social media manager who didn’t see why it shouldn’t be reposted, but then I realized that the original post by London Fame had a completely different caption. Yes, the caption  “Let Lock-It Concealer do all the hard work for you with instant one-coat coverage” was one created by the people at Kat Von D HQ all on their own. It doesn’t stop there though. To really drive home whatever message they were trying to sell (or perhaps further their push to just drive the beauty brand into the gutter) the caption creator used a brown-skinned arm of strength emoji. Though, maybe that’s just because they couldn’t find anything more blatantly racist to top off what they were going for?

In response to the image and its caption one user wrote “Picking cotton also hard work I see the correlation here.” Another commented “Son of a … I’ve been defending you dammit! Now you’ve posted a photo fo a cotton field with an insensitive caption. Bye @thekatvond I’ll be waiting on your heartfelt apology via Youtube. #Cancelled.”

Of course, it’s certainly important to note that the image was reposted by Von D’s beauty brand and not necessarily tattoo artist herself.

Still, it’s not a good look for Von D who has been accused of tone-deafness, racism, and antisemitism in the past. In 2016 the beauty brand owner accused beauty vlogger Jeffree Starr of racism after breaking off her relationship and ending her engagement to alleged bigot Jesse James just a few years prior. Before and during their engagement, pictures of James performing a Nazi salute while in a Nazi uniform circulated the internet, though his lawyer later dismissed the images of as a joke, after all, he said, the hat was a “a gag gift [from] his Jewish godfather,” and James once “vacationed on a kibbutz.” Of course, there’s also the time she used the anti-Semitist word “Selektion” to promote a lipstick color, which has since been renamed “Beloved.” She also caught extreme backlash and calls for boycotting earlier this year when she announced that she would not vaccinate her child.

In response to the image’s backlash, the beauty brand replied in a statement to the DailyMail that ‘We often repost imagery that our fans create that display artistic composition we love.  We re-posted the image with the intention of celebrating the artful representation of one of our products. Unfortunately, it was paired with text which we now recognize could be misconstrued. We have since taken down the post, and apologize for any offense this may have caused.’


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Royal Baby Already Being Called A Chimp Proving WhitePeople Still Can’t Stand Black Power And Have Inferior Jokes

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Royal Baby Already Being Called A Chimp Proving WhitePeople Still Can’t Stand Black Power And Have Inferior Jokes

In 2015, Emmy award-winning host Rodner Figueroa was rightfully dumped from Univision after calling Michelle Obama a monkey during “El Gordo Y La Flaca.” During a segment of the show, the host cracked “Michelle Obama looks like she is of the cast of ‘The Planet Of The Apes,'” as he pointed to a set of pictures of the First Lady. His words shocked and infuriated most people, but let’s be real, few POC were surprised.

Non POC have been associating Black people with monkeys for ions in an effort to denigrate them as less worthy of human than white people.

It is exactly what BBC DJ Danny Baker did and intended to do when he made a joke recently about the debut of the Black Royal Baby yesterday.

The broadcaster Danny Baker was fired by BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday after he published a racist post on Twitter yesterday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son, Archie, was compared to a chimpanzee.

The tweet, which has since been taken down by Baker, featured an old photo of a couple holding the hands of a suited chimpanzee. The caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for the BBC to give the host the boot and in response tweeted the most unexceptional apology for a racist attack since Rodner Figueroa issued an apology for calling Michelle Obama a monkey and griped at her in an open letter blaming her for his own firing. (“I was verbally notified that a complaint from your office led to my dismissal,” Figueroa whined at the time.

Like Figueroa, Baker also refused to take his medicine and blamed just about everyone else for having “diseased” minds and misinterpreting the tweet.

“Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased,” he wrote in a tweet.

Yes, mi gente, if you ever need an example of how not to make an apology/ blame everyone else for your own wrongdoings just look to a racist white person. Of course, on different levels both Baker and Figueroa’s racist comparisons stem from an even greater issue. Black Power intimidates people who are both white and weak.

But you know what? The Black Baby Prince (and FYI he might a “lord” not technically a “prince” but we’re gonna call him that Black Baby Prince because that is the respect his Black Power deserves) and Michelle Obama stay strong and Black. And like the rest of us who’ve endured similar jokes they are always, always above the peons who couldn’t tell a bad joke from a good one if it fired them from their jobs, swiped their paychecks and slapped them on the face.

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

Another day, another Latina’s shopping experience ending in Donald Trump-inspired xenophobia.

On Friday, while Dulce Nereyda, her daughter and mother were looking for baby shower gifts at an Arizona Walmart, they were interrupted by a bearded white man who didn’t like that she and her mom were speaking to each other in Spanish.

The Mexican-American woman, who didn’t get the entire encounter on camera, shared what she was able to record from the frightening verbal assault on Facebook.

“This ⬇️ man starts yelling, ‘I can’t wait until Trump does away with you all!’ I was like, ‘Excuse me.’ He yelled ‘Leave, just leave. YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’ All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom,” she wrote of the unnamed man.

Dulce was stunned by the sudden display of racism and was unsure what to do. After seeing her daughter’s face, she felt like she couldn’t remain quiet, pulling out her phone to record the man harassing her and reminding him that she, too, belonged in the country.

So it really F*** happened ????????!!! As my Beautiful mommi, JORDAN, and I are shopping for Beto Ramos baby shower tomorrow at Walmart on Huntington. This ⬇️ man starts yelling " I can't wait until Trump does away with you all!" I was like excuse me. He yelled "Leave just leave YOU DON'T BELONG HERE!" All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom. I was so caught off guard that I didn't even know what to do. I always thought what would I ever do if that happened to me or my mom and it did. I felt scared at first and then I saw the look on my baby girls face ????????????. So if you know me I couldn't just leave it like that. I WANT TO EXPOSE THIS MAN FOR THE RACIST HE IS! And I assured my little Queen that this is her home and WE DO BELONG HERE????????????????!!!

Posted by Dulce Nereyda on Friday, March 15, 2019

“So do you want to tell me to get out again? Because this is my country, too,” she said as the camera faced the man.

While the man initially ignored her, it didn’t take long for him to continue with his bigoted, pro-Trump rant, saying, “I wish you guys would leave, and I can’t wait till we build the wall.”  

Making no indication that she had any intentions on leaving her country, Dulce once more asserted that she is American and that English is not the official language of the United States.

She says she posted the encounter on Facebook to both expose the man for the “racist he is” and also send an important message to her daughter.

“I assured my little queen that this is her home and we do belong,” she said.

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