Kim Kardashian found herself in hot water with fans after calling on them to move on from controversial makeup mogul Jeffree Star’s racist past in a Snapchat video.
While getting ready on the set of a secret project the mother of two defended Star, who himself was a recent target of Kardashian’s dedicated following after critiquing her makeup line.
Acknowledging that hurling racial epithets is “a serious deal,” she suggested fans give Star, 31, another chance, calling their distaste for the accused bigot “petty.”
“I get it’s a serious deal if you say racial things, but I do believe in people changing and people that apologize, I will give them the benefit of the doubt,” she said in the video. “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.”
Kardashian, 36, didn’t stop there. In another quick video she assured viewers she would never stand behind a racist, adding that she’s “very against it.”
“I want to make one last thing clear, I do not defend people that are racist and I am very against it,” she said. “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.”
Kardashian fans and critics alike flooded Twitter with differing viewpoints after the video began making its rounds.
Some seemed to believe it wasn’t the reality star’s place to comment on racial issues. Others simply couldn’t believe she’d defend Star, who’s been caught on camera using the N-word and other hateful slurs.
Kardashian has since apologized, telling followers she “didn’t know enough about” the many allegations against Star. She also admitted that it wasn’t for her to comment on.
The videos in question surfaced in June, though they’re from more than 10 years ago. Star issued a formal apology for his behavior in a YouTube video, claiming he was “sick to (his) stomach” revisiting that time in his life.
“The past can never be erased. It is always going to be there. The person who said those horrible, vile things, that person was depressed, that person was just angry at the world, that person felt like they were not accepted, that person was seeking attention. But does that make it okay? Absolutely not.”
Star said in the same video, “Racism does not live inside of me.”
Not long after the video from Star’s past was released, he came under fire for calling black beauty blogger Jackie Aina, who posted a video about why she doesn’t support his brand on her channel, an “irrelevant rat.”
The tweet was deleted, but not before Star was dragged on Twitter for lashing out after his initial apology.