Cuban-American beauty vlogger Kathleen Fuentes (aka Kathleen Lights) is apologizing today after using the word "nigga" on fellow vlogger Jaclyn Hill's Snapchat.
Hill posted the Snapchat on Friday night after the two had filmed a collab and were relaxing with drinks and video games. The video has been deleted from Hill's Snapchat, but Fuentes claims she asked Hill not to post the clip. Hill explained that she was "drunk" and didn't hear Fuentes asking her not to share the video.
Fans of Fuentes are deeply disappointed and the story has blown up on social media. But it exploded even more this morning, when YouTuber Jeffree Star, who's used racial slurs in the past, tweeted about it.
Around the same time, Jeffree Star tweeted (and later deleted) a question of Hill's intentions for posting the video.
Up until perhaps now, Hill and Star have been friends who both talked glowingly of one another on YouTube and social media.
Hill replied immediately.
Star's response indicated he and Hill are not on good terms.
It's sad that racial slurs have become common in a community that's supposed to be about makeup and fun and bringing beauty into the world.
This is also a good time to recognize the overwhelming whiteness of YouTube and the beauty industry in general.
In Forbes' 2017 list of the top beauty influencers, zero Black POC are represented.