Kat Von D has had it with rumors about her husband, Rafael Reyes, being an anti-Semite and she's trying to set the record straight about their union once and for all. The beauty mogul has had quite the tough PR year as she's been heavily criticized for speaking out against vaccinations during her pregnancy with her son, Leafar Reyes, and for being an alleged anti-Semite herself.
Sure, Von D already addressed the anti-vaxxer and anti-Semite allegations in a now-viral video on her YouTube channel. Unfortunately, she failed to address her husband and his history of using anti-Semitic imagery. Fans have continuously called her out for her relationship with Rafael Reyes, and now they're both firing back in hopes of quieting the rumors for good.
After a little internet digging, the Revelist team found a very clear photo of the swastika tattoo on Rafael Reyes' neck.
And there it is on Al Gore's good internet. According to Reyes, he doesn't believe that this is a Nazi symbol.
"I was really inspired by what the symbol meant. It represented so many things – the seasons, like winter, spring, summer, and fall. It’s a symbol of the sun; it’s also used as a compass," he explained to Remezcla. "And it just means so many powerful things and it’s so ancient. I hated how it got stolen and turned into a symbol of hate and negativity. That was done by the Nazis, but originally the Swastika belonged to – and still belongs to – my people. One of the reasons I got it tattooed on my throat is because the Buddha has it on his throat. It’s because he speaks the truth and that’s what I do."
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and its official Holocaust Encyclopedia, Reyes is correct that the swastika had a life before the German Führer Adolf Hitler transformed it into the symbol of hatred that many know today.
The USHMM confirms:
"The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means 'good fortune' or 'well-being.' The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Eurasia, as early as 7,000 years ago, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day, it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism. It is a common sight on temples or houses in India or Indonesia. Swastikas also have an ancient history in Europe, appearing on artifacts from pre-Christian European cultures."
"Symbols such as the swastika have a long history," the USHMM continues. "To avoid misunderstanding and misuse, individuals should consider the context and past use of Nazi symbols and symbols in general."
Kat Von D dropped a note to support her husband, Rafael Reyes, in the comments section of his post.
"I hate that you have to deal with this, darling. But like always, we will get through this," she wrote.
But that's not where Kat Von D ended things. She took to her own page to defend her husband against the anti-Semitic label.
It is a human thing to be frustrated about being categorized as something you believe you are not.
However, if you want people to stop believing you are something that they have valid reasons to believe you are, then the best way to fix things is to acknowledge that you see how those conclusions were drawn. Then, you clear things up thoroughly instead of letting the questions linger. Reyes seemed to have a logical and ultimately true explanation for his controversial tattoo, so that could have been explained early on.