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 💄💋 ;