Every Halloween, it seems at least one celebrity has to go out in a controversial costume. This year, it was Kim Kardashian, as Twitter had a lot of feelings about her Aaliyah costume.
After experiencing plenty of backlash, Kardashian decided to apologize... but this time, it probably wasn't necessary. In fact, she may have actually made things worse.
However, a lot of people on Twitter agreed that Kardashian's apology wasn't needed.
Although the family HAS culturally appropriated countless times (corn rows, those Tupac T-shirts, questionable tanning regimes), Kim's Aaliyah costume wasn't racist, in my opinion. Kardashian was also Cher, Madonna, and Selena this year for Halloween. She was simply acknowledging an influential figure, not dressing as another culture. There was no blackface, and she didn't turn it into a caricature — I think she executed it appropriately.
Despite Kardashian NOT doing blackface for her costume, she did do something problematic: Her apology included some bizarre and offensive phrasing.
Pro Tip: Stating that you "don't see color" isn't EVER a good idea, since it could be construed to mean "color" or someone's race is a problematic characteristic to see. Especially since she's a mother to multiracial children, it's important for "color" to be seen as a beautiful thing, as users on Twitter said.
It's great that Kardashian is getting better at not offending people for her costumes, but her apology demonstrated that she still has a lot to learn.
Kardashian clearly still has a ways to go when it comes to discussing other races and cultures. Let's hope this was an eye-opener for her.