Kim Kardashian-West went all out for Halloween with three different costumes, one costume being legendary R&B singer, Aaliyah, which she received a great amount of backlash for.
Kardashian-West’s outfit was inspired by Aaliyah’s “Try Again” music video, which featured a sequin choker and smoky gray eye makeup. While’s outfit was very similar to the R&B singer's, many Twitter users stated the costume was very close to cultural appropriation, and that is where the issue started.
When Kardashian-West posted the outfit on her Twitter, one of the most popular replies said, “Legend or not Aaliyah is a Black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but OK."
On Friday, Kardashian-West released a statement opening up about her costume choice and how it came to be. She also apologized to those that were offended by it, stating there was no ill intent behind the choice. On her website, she wrote, “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. The look was inspired by what she wore in her ‘Try Again’ music video."
She added, “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."
Every year, there is an incident on social media that involves racist costumes during Halloween, and people speak out against it. Although Kardashian-West did not have blackface like many other people use during their costumes, her choice of words was the issue for many people.
"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 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,” she added.
The statement, “We don’t see color in my home,” was the deal breaker for many Twitter users. Although we would all like to believe the issue of race no longer exists in America, it does, and it is important to notice that. Saying “I don’t see color,” is equivalent to saying, “I do not see the oppression of people of color in America.” To say you do not see color is equivalent to saying, “I choose to turn away from blatant racism and prejudice around me,” and that is something Kardashian-West needs to realize.
It is clear that Kardashian-West did not mean any harm by her costume, but her poor word choice created an issue she will later need to apologize for because it is not an acceptable statement to make when there are continuous issues of racism in America.