Kim Kardashian has been repeatedly accused of appropriating and profiting from black culture. The controversy kicked back up again when she tweeted out this photo as part of a promotion for her makeup line.
Kim appears significantly darker than people are accustomed to seeing her lately.
The accusations of (and arguments about) blackface were immediate.
*Enjoys some tasty popcorn while watching the arguments go down*
not saying she's doing black face, but contour don't make ur entire complexion two shades darker— MKNISH (@mknishh) June 15, 2017
This person is not having it, even if it's a really good bronzer.
Kim deleted the original tweet, then reposted it, but the controversial image is still her avatar pic. She was asked about the issue by the New York Times and defended it by saying she was "really tan" when the images were taken.
Not everyone was buying that defense.
This user needed six tweets to say what she was thinking.
Black face doesnt have to be overt, just like racism. Its the subtle things that matter. Whether u like her or not we know what they do— ActualBlackMermaid (@Imani_Yvonne) June 16, 2017
Next to my avi she is 3 shades darker than me & shes white. Also how would darker BW feel if i 'tanned' myself 6 shades darker for a shoot?— ActualBlackMermaid (@Imani_Yvonne) June 16, 2017
And the lighting is DIM in my avi and she is still darkers than me in a fully lit room with a white backdrop lol she is out of pocket!— ActualBlackMermaid (@Imani_Yvonne) June 16, 2017
Armenian people of her natural skintone have not, will not ever be, cannot ever get this dark, so this is more than just a tan.— ActualBlackMermaid (@Imani_Yvonne) June 16, 2017
Austin has a major point.
The original tweet got a lot of negative response, but the follow-up one seems to have flown much more under the radar.
Kim K did blackface. Which is why she deleted her tweet. But I won't get into that bc I know how delusional her Black & non Black stans are.— Cole Turner's wife (@WickedBeaute) June 15, 2017
Even the makeup itself is coming under fire. Her line is aimed at deeper skin tones, and while some are applauding the move others feel like...
Well, like this.
So what do you think? Is this a case of "passable blackface," being "really tan" or just bad lighting? Should someone on her team have spoken up?
Kim seems to be moving past the mess, saying "we saw the problem and we adapted and changed right away."