Kim Kardashian just can’t help herself, can she?
Again, Kim is in the middle of controversy regarding her issue with learning from past cultural appropriation rows.
Last week, she uploaded an Instagram Story showcasing her daily make-up routine which included the bit where she made her hands look darker using make-up.
And, people were not happy that she used her own make-up to make herself hands look several shades darker.
What’s the problem?
#KimKardashian magazine cover has the internet upset. Many are accusing Kim of blackface or #blackfishing which is “an act commonly perpetrated by white women to appear of African or Arab ancestry.” I see Beyoncé’s face in Dreamgirls while other saw the late #diahanncarroll pic.twitter.com/6trE5irjxw
— Chronicle Speaks (@ChronicleSpeaks) December 20, 2019
Yes, many people get fake tan, and there is no problem in that, but it is not the same if you look like you have gotten back from your summer holiday and if you look like you changed races.
Many have pointed out that this was not the first time that Kim indulged in cultural appropriation and blackfishing meaning that similar posts should be viewed with respect to her previous actions
The definition of blackfishing
“Blackfishing” is defined as when a person, usually social media influencers or personalities, passes as black by altering their appearance – often their hair and skin tone. The practice is problematic, experts say, because it’s a deception by omission.
Kim Kardashian (as well as celebrities such as Ariana Grande) has in the past been accused of such behaviour.
The problem lies in the fact that white people are privileged in this society which was almost custom made for them, and when the elements of an oppressed culture are taken to increase their privilege without an accompanying marginalisation this becomes entirely dismissive of the real impact of racial inequality.
What about Kim, then?
The truth is, evidence by past actions, that Kim does have an issue with cultural appropriation and blackfishing. Just to name a few, the great kimono debacle and the problematic braids, plus the whole promoting dubious weight-loss products to a large fanbase made up of, most probably, yound and impressionable people.
Should this latest excess get her cancelled? Probably not, but everyone make their wish.