Hearing out a Racist.

DISCLAIMER .. this blog is solely my opinion . I do recognize that racist comments are 100% unacceptable BUT I do believe wholeheartedly that people can change from racists pasts. As I do welcome comments and other opinions, please don’t spread hate. Any inappropriate comments WILL be addressed and/or deleted.

Thank you for you understanding.

Now let’s begin … I spent my weekend watching the YouTube docu-series The Secret World of Jeffree Star created by Shane Dawson. First things first, THANK YOU SHANE! Thank you for putting this out there because I think it was long overdue. Now for those of you who don’t know who Jeffree Star is, he is a huge beauty guru with a multimillion dollar cosmetic line called Jeffree Star Cosmetics. In the past, Jeffree Star is overall a huge, walking controversy. From putting down other brands, rude behavior to sometimes just being outright disrespectful. Jeffree Star goes more into detail in this docu-series but let me give you the gist of why we’re addressing racism.

12 years ago, Jeffree Star drops the N-word. I mean, he’s scandalous so are we surprised ? Anyhow, he drops the N-word, the interest uncovers lost videos and tweets, the whole world goes crazy. That’s the summed up version. There is NO reason why anyone should think using the N-word is ok. Racism is rampant in our world and for someone on such a huge Beauty platform, this was disgusting. As a result, many people boycotted his cosmetic line. They said he was racist, he didn’t cater or like people of color, and the list goes on. Jeffree did go on his YouTube channel to address fans about his past racist remarks. (The remarks he said were 12 years ago when he was 19 years old and would do anything to be famous.) The internet once again went wild. They didn’t care about his apology because the words were still said.

Shane Dawson dove right in and asked Jeffree to address the issue again. He wanted to know the reason such hateful things were said. Here’s where I really feel like Jeffree changed as a person. He described the amount of pain he had experienced throughout his young life and he was going around hurting other people in the process. His racial remarks were not intended to hurt his fans but he was a very different person 12 years ago when he was upcoming. He again apologized as they continued to address the situation. I don’t want to give you all of the details if you haven’t watched this yet but I felt moved by this. I see Jeffree Star in such a different light after watching this. I really believe that people can change from hating someone to being deeply sorry for the pain they caused others. I believe you can have a change of heart and show how much you really do care. Everyone deserves a second chance because no one is perfect.

I loved this documentary. I thought it was real intense. It also showed you all about Jeffree Star Cosmetics and the work that goes into all the products we see. I definitely have seen a totally different side of Jeffree that I don’t think anyone could have seen if they didn’t dive in like Shane did. Depression, self harm, anxiety, ptsd are real issues! It doesn’t discriminate against anyone but many times leaves behind ugly scars. It is not cool to hurt others because you are hurt but until you suffer from one of these illnesses you don’t know the amount of hurt you cause others because you’re damaged yourself. Again, thank you Shane for shedding light on Jeffree and all the things we’ve wanted to know for years. If you haven’t had a chance yet and want to hear out a “racist” like I did, please take the time to watch this.

For anyone struggling or know of anyone struggling with mental illness or disorders, PLEASE reach out for help. There are plenty of people out there willing to help us. Too many people bury this deep but don’t be ashamed. The help you receive will only make you a better you.

Thank you all for sticking with me,

Kaitlyn 💄💋 ;

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. I totally agree with you, racist comments have no place anywhere. But that being said I do tend to forgive those that said things years ago in their youth when they didn’t know better. These days kids should grow up learning racism is not to be tolerated but even 10 years ago it wasn’t as easy to teach people that judging others based on skin color was wrong. (So stupid, not sure why it still goes on!) I’ll have to check out that documentary.

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  2. klyeager says:

    Ooh I’m totally intrigued by this documentary now! I 100% agree with second chances for people that genuinely acknowledge the fact they made a mistake and completely regret it. I agree the N-word is 100% wrong and should never be said. However, if he truly regrets what he said, I think the public shouldn’t dismiss him! 12 years ago I was 12 years old and I would definitely not want to be known (and hated) for a mistake I made back then.

    Thank you for having an honest and open mind, and sharing this info!

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  3. I appreciate your comment! & thank you so much for reading !

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  4. It was really a good thing to watch. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts with me.

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  5. Marissa says:

    Love this post so much. People CAN change and often we’re less aware of how our words and actions affect others when we’re young. That said, I think there comes a time when you realize that some people are racist and bigoted and they’re not going to change and you need to walk away…

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  6. Thank you so much for reading! Yes this documentary definitely made me think differently.

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  7. Kelsey Barlow says:

    Great read-I definitely want to check out this documentary. As much as his past actions are unacceptable, it definitely give hope that some people can change. I completely agree that everyone deserves a second chance!

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  8. shannonday13 says:

    What a good read! I definitely have to check this out! I think it’s a good thing to hear other people out and really try to seek to understand them. What he said is not okay but I think people change as well, also we have all been in a place where we said something and regretted it immediately

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  9. This is Brii says:

    Ahhh! I love Jeffree Star 💛 I don’t support what he did in the past, but I love how he actually owned up and apologized. I watch his videos all the time, and admire how far he has came! Loved this blog 💛

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  10. Thank you for reading!

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  11. Christina says:

    What an inspiring post! Thank you for sharing this and having such an open mind. I can’t wait to watch this documentary. I also agree that there is no place for racist remarks, and thinking back about the person I was when I was 12 years old, oh goodness I would not want to be judged as that person. People can change, I personally have done a lot of work to change and work through my anxiety that has hindered me my whole life. Thank you for making a safe space to discuss these difficult topics. Looking forward to more of your posts.

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  12. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts with me!

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  13. Caitlin Houston says:

    People most always deserve a second chance because life is about making mistakes and learning from them! Great post!

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  14. Coralys says:

    Wow. I love how you put this in perspective. I think it’s so important to look at all sides of the story, not always to justify but to understand, learn, and grow.

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  15. Thank you for reading!

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  16. Thank you for reading!

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  17. Jax says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I did hear about this controversy but didn’t further read to find out his reasons for having used the N-word in the past. Now I know. Your post is a good reminder to all of us to be more forgiving of others.

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  18. Thank you so much for reading! This is not an easy thing to come back from once it’s said but I was more understanding after watching this.

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