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Why We Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Forgive Jeffree Star

Earlier today, makeup artist and YouTuber Jeffree Star uploaded a video entitled “RACISM.” to his channel of nearly five million subscribers. If you aren’t caught up, Star is known for his problematic past, which you can read in this previously posted article. In the fifteen minute video, Star mentions his problematic past and how he used to make racist remarks. I listened and watched but paused the video when he began to excuse his behavior on depression and verbal abuse. While I have to say he didn’t deserve to be a victim of cruelty, I don’t accept him excusing his racist, misogynistic and transphobic comments on depression. The only thing to blame your problematic behavior on is yourself. 

So, no, we should not forgive Jeffree Star. Here is why.

He mentions these comments were recorded 12 years ago and claims he is not like that anymore. He only acknowledged his past from 12 years ago and went on to say that that person is no longer him, that he no longer is problematic. This is where, in the video, I had to pause. In early April, Star and Manny MUA displayed transphobic tweets. Star didn’t mention these. Last year, Star got into a highly public feud with fellow makeup artist MakeUpByShayla. He went on Twitter and Snapchat rants (the Snapchat rants have since been cleared from all youtube and twitter videos,) and called Shayla a man and even made threats to beat her. Again, Star did not mention that.

Threat directed at Shayla Home by Star.

Let’s not forget that Star had fellow makeup artist, Nikita Dragun, model for his new Androgyny palette and had her in blackface. Dragun, who is naturally lighter, was painted head to toe in a darker, more brown skin tone. Dragun added more fuel to the fire by stating that because she is half Mexican and half South East Asian, she “normally [gets] extremely tan…” and we should not “trip over a spray tan.” Well, we wouldn’t need to “trip” over a spray tan if Star had hired an actual dark-skinned model to promote his palette.

While Jeffree Star may have addressed his past problematic behavior, he is still problematic. In the video, he only apologized to his fans. His apology was only directed at his fans, who have done nothing wrong except continue to support a racist, misogynistic, transphobic blocking queen. Star made himself out to be the victim in this fifteen-minute long video. As I stated before, he blames his problematic behavior on his depression. As someone who was once in a terrible and deep depression that made me on several occasions want to take my life, not once did it make me become a racist transphobic person. Not once did I follow a black woman on the street and call her the N word, nor did I call random women on the streets a “tranny hoe” or a “cunt.”

If he is as sorry as he says, he would have addressed his apology to Shayla Home, to the black community, to the Latinx community, and to the Transgender community. But not once did he do that. He addressed his apology to his supporters. He apologized to the wrong people for the wrong reason. He went on to say that because people put him down, it gave him an excuse to be racist out of stooping low to their level.

No, we should not be forgiving Jeffree Star. Nor should you continue to give him your money. No matter how wonderful you think something of his is, know who you are buying from. There is a reason why dupes exist. Putting that aside, Star will continue to be problematic and it’s only a matter of time until he slips up and finds someone new to attack or block.

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Written by Sierra

17 year old introverted pre-med student who writes in her spare time and occasionally binge watches “America’s Next Top Model.” Follow me on Twitter [@polaroidbones] and/or Instagram [@Sierra_528]

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  1. Agree with all point, but “Dragun added more fuel to the fire by stating that because she is half Mexican and half South East Asian, she “normally [gets] extremely tan…” and we should not “trip over a spray tan.” Well, we wouldn’t need to “trip” over a spray tan if Star had actually hired an actual model of color to promote his palette.”

    If she is half Mexican and half Asian that means she is a woman of color. Might not be a black woman of color, but still of color.

  2. I think that if someone is apologizing we should hear them out and YOU are no one to be talking about what we should and should not buy. We can do whatever we damn well please as consumers EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE says hurtful shit… even YOU… so Shhhhh.
    At least he is trying to make it right.
    carrying a grudge on Jeffers stars past isn’t going to change anything but make you look bitter. #LETITGO

  3. I definitely think you missed the mark on his video. The fact that you paused it and came to your own conclusions before hearing the entire thing makes that clear though. I believe what he did was horrible but in this video he is very very obvious with saying he doesn’t excuse his actions, that it was no excuse for the vile things he has said or says. He states that he is human, and he has made the mistakes and still clearly makes them. You are not above that, no one is. No one has to forgive him but just know that your article is extremely bias to your opinion because you’re specifically leaving out information to discredit his apology and put your opinion in the right. Like plain and simple he never excused his actions. Do you not do something negative in your life that you say you’d stop but catch yourself slip still no matter what? It’s because you’re human. We’re all still learning and without giving someone the chance you give nothing. Then again, I do thing actions speak louder than words so he is putting himself in a position to prove that he’ll hold himself to a better standard when speaking and responding to negative situations. Humans are defensive by nature though, just know that.

    I just get really put off by people who, instead of having an open mind to the fact that he’s being sincere (even if they don’t choose to forgive it,) just write it off and seemingly fuel the fire.

  4. While I agree that having Nikita Dragun in blackface is abhorrent, saying she is not “an actual model of color” is quite ignorant. Even if she did defend Jeffree’s choice to put her in blackface, she is still a Mexican and South East Asian woman of color. Someone making ignorant remarks is no excuse to erase their identity.

  5. Only problem with this post is that Nikita Dragun IS an “actual person of color”. A person of color is anyone who isn’t white—if she’s Southeast Asian, she’s not white. Should she have been modelling that tone? Of course not. But precise language is important. You should use “black”.

  6. A few problems, though. The “transphobic tweets” you’re referencing are in fact *one* tweet from Manny where he is *mocking* a comment that was made to him and Jeffree. You can even watch them make fun of it on one of their YouTube vids. And he admitted that he used to think that his past gave him an excuse to be hateful, but as he got older he realized that was wrong and messed up. He said he had no excuse and had only himself to blame. He also directly addressed how wrong it was of him to get in twitter feuds with other people and companies. I’ll continue to give him my money because he has a quality product, and he has no problem saying he’s fucked up in the past and he’ll try to do better in the future (which is all *any* of us can say).

  7. Not to mention, he has never featured any women or men of color on his channel. And when he swatches, for example, a highlighter palette, he will almost always skip the darkest color and excuses it by saying “It’s not his color”.

  8. Everyone deserves a second chance. Don’t be so quick to bash and hear him out. Everyone makes mistakes. I’ll always support his YouTube and continue to purchase his makeup.

    • He is not out as a transperson and he has said several times that he’s not. But to answer your question trans people CAN be transphobic to different kids of trans people.

  9. To all of those who are writting “omfg you’re 17, you were like a baby 12 years ago” just shut up. She has more brains than all of you who continue to try to defend a racist and transphobic by picking at her age. Much better than crap I see written by professionals sometimes. But anyway, she’s right. Literally the week before he called another woman a “rat” and he has never once gone on record to apologise to those who he has said racist and harmful things to.

    He’s still a piece of shit and will probably continue to be one. There’s better dupes of his products out there, trust me.

  10. Everyone supports it because they like his products….
    That is what is wrong with people….materialism before integrity.
    People make mistakes…truth…but when someone keeps messing up is when we should take a hint.

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