Kat Von D has been plagued by terrible accusations for basically the entirety of her career. First came the anti-Semitic rumors after a note surfaced purporting to be written by Kat Von D. She has denied that she ever wrote it. Then came her marriage to Rafael Reyes, who many believe is an anti-Semite based on the fact that he has a giant swastika on his neck. Reyes has since proven that the swastika isn't a symbol of anti-Semitism in his culture, which is actually the Google-able truth. It was appropriated by the Nazis and has had a terrible stigma ever since.
Lastly, nearly the entire beauty community flipped on Kat Von D after she revealed that she would not be vaccinating her son, Leafar Reyes. She's since walked back her original statement, although she chose not to reveal whether or not her son is currently vaccinated. Still, beauty fans everywhere swore off Kat Von D Beauty and hoped their favorite YouTube influencers would do the same.
And just in case influencers think they can support Kat Von D's makeup with no issue, beauty fans on Reddit made a list of every single one. Accountability is a thing, folks.
Redditors are constantly updating the list, but also conversing with one another about exactly why these YouTubers are still supporting Kat Von D.
Redditors expressed confusion about what they believe is an uptick in Kat Von D promotion since her latest scandals. "Idk, maybe she is paying lots of cash (+60k) to big influencers in order to stay relevant?" one person speculated. "She definitely did a paid influencer campaign recently as several of my friends ended up doing the campaign," another person shared.
Is it at all possible?
People who are part of the marginalized groups that Kat Von D is accused of offending are speaking out about what it feels like to watch other influencers continue to feature her products.
"As an immunosuppressed Jew, I don’t feel comfortable supporting people who use KVD products in their videos," one critic wrote. "It just feels like such erasure and tells me those creators couldn’t care less about the issues I face or how people like KVD put me at risk every day."
"Man that's a double whammy of danger in these scary times. I hope you stay healthy and safe," another commenter wrote to encourage the individual. "It's really infuriating how much people just don't care!!! It's not some abstract principles, it affects real people in real ways! Privileged people tend to see politics and moral issues as more like thought exercises, while for the less privileged it can be literally life and death."
One Redditor also pointed out that evaluating influencers who still use Kat Von D products isn't a black and white process.
"I think it's worthwhile to consider how someone responds to followers/subscribers who are disappointed to see them use KVD products," one commenter shared.
"I've messaged ppl after they featured products, and sometimes they get REALLY defensive and angry and double down on their support. But I've had others who are like, 'I don't support her but I'm not going to waste a useful item just because she's a trash bag', or they have ongoing contractual obligations and they can't afford to risk their job. Not everyone is in a position where they can take a public stand against her."
In short? We live in one big complicated world where nuance is just way too underrated.
Nuance (nu*ance): a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound
In less nerdy words, it's possible for two things to be true at the same time without negating each other. It's factual that the swastika holds different cultural meanings yet it's still possible that people don't have to accept its alternative yet originally positive meanings. It's also factual that you can just disengage from Kat Von D and her husband and her supporters without demanding the same from others who choose not to because they are acknowledging such a nuanced situation.
See, nuance. Anywho, this Reddit thread is actually a great idea. People are talking about an issue they care about, why they care about it, and what the different angles of the subject are without tearing each other down. The list is there for people to use or not use as they go about their day in the beauty-loving neighborhood. At the end of the day, when the drama settles down, it's all about your choices and accepting what those choices mean to you.