Oops, Kim Kardashian did it again. The reality star found herself in hot water once more after dressing up as the late R&B icon Aaliyah for this year’s Halloween. After showing her costume on Instagram Stories this week, followers started calling her out for delving into African-American culture without understanding the implications.
“Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not,” one person wrote on Twitter. “It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok.”
Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok… 🙄
— Blogger Cassie (@LAGrlCrookdSmle) October 29, 2017
But the 37-year-old reality television personality explained her decision on her website and also apologized to the people who got offended.
“Aaliyah was such an amazing singer and she will forever be a music legend. I saw online that some people thought my costume was in poor taste and I am truly sorry if that offended anyone,” Kardashian wrote, according to People.
“When I was creating the costume, I wasn’t dressing up as a race or culture but rather as a woman whom I will always admire,” she continued. “I play every kind of genre of music in my home and I like for my kids to be exposed to many different artists.”
She didn’t mention anything about the backlash she also received for dressing up as Tejano-legend Selena Quintanilla who was murdered in 1995, another costume that a lot of people had an issue with.
“When I was deciding what I wanted to be for Halloween this year, I had a lot of ideas that I narrowed down to musical icons and my second costume was Aaliyah,” she explained. “The look was inspired by what she wore in her ‘Try Again’ music video.”
However, the selfie queen started a new wave of criticism when she explained how her family doesn’t “see color”.
“For me, it’s always about love and respect. I loved that Kourtney was Michael Jackson for one of her costumes, and that my son was Axl Rose,” she wrote. “We don’t see color in my home. We were paying homage to people and artists we love and respect— it’s that simple!”
But still, as we are frequently reminded, anything that involves race in the United States is anything but simple. What do you guys think?