Jeffree Star Responds to Racist Claims by Calling Black YouTuber a “Rat”

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Jeffree Star is perhaps THE most problematic beauty guru on YouTube right now. While the former musician has some redeeming qualities, it’s hard to forget about his past that’s filled with hate, racism, sexism, etc. Last summer, the Jeffree Star Cosmetics owner apologized for his disgusting comments, but that wasn’t enough for YouTuber Jackie Aina, who felt he didn’t change and therefore wasn’t actually sorry.

The drama first started back in April when Jackie did an ‘anti-haul’ in which she said she wouldn’t be purchasing anything from JS’ cosmetics line due to his racist past. Then, several weeks later, the beauty gurus found themselves on a business trip together…#awkward. The two kept things professional, but the 29-year-old couldn’t help but hit the world with some shade.

Fast forward to late last week when Jackie noticed something a little peculiar — the 31-year-old blocked her on Instagram.

She then commented on the situation (without mentioning any names, BTW) by explaining WHY she chose to not support him in the first place.

Jeffree fired back, saying he “feels bad for anyone who spends time caring or worrying about that they got blocked by someone” and asking if he should send her an invoice because her anti-haul vid, which first started the drama, is “her most viewed video in three months.” The former pop star took the insults way too far, however, when he called her an “irrelevant rat.”

That was enough for JA — She stopped with the indirects and called him out directly.

They say actions speak louder than words, but we think Jeffree’s words did all the necessary talking in this case. We commend Jackie for staying strong and standing up for herself and countless other women of color who face racism on a daily basis.

All the times Miley Cyrus was accused of racism:

Every time she wore dreadlocks or cornrows like it was NBD.

At this point, you've got to be living under a rock if you don't know that wearing your hair in traditional African-American hairstyles is considered cultural appropriation and NOT OKAY. Yet time and time again, celeb after celeb keeps making the same darn mistake. While some stars live and LEARN, it's pretty freakin' obvious that Miley does not. Her Instagram feed is full of selfies in which she's donning the appropriative 'dos and, as always, the comments are flooded with users calling her out for racism.

Photo: Instagram (@mileycyrus)

When a pic leaked of her and friends mocking Asian people.

While the Hannah Montana star is typically under fire for being racist against the black community, it was this photo of Miley & pals purposely squinting their eyes that had people questioning if she was biased against Asians. Even if she's not, this shot def proves the singer to be wildly ignorant.

Photo: Tumblr

When she hosted the MTV VMAs in 2015.

During the MTV Video Music Awards in 2015, she started off the night ruffling feathers. While her dreadlocks were bad enough, it was a phrase that she used during the show that had some people really angry — and rightfully so!

The "Bangerz" hitmaker referred to Snoop Dogg's grandmother as "mammy," which is a female African-American caricature with historical ties to the slave trade. Basically, she had no right to use the word. But the real question is how many people actually approved that "joke" before the show even began?

Photo: Getty Images

After her ~controversial~ MTV VMA performance in 2013.

Miley's VMA hosting gig wasn't the first time she received backlash for racism after that particular awards show. Her 2013 "We Can't Stop" performance was critiqued for using black women's bodies as props. People were particularly put over the edge when she executed the move as shown in this photo. These are PEOPLE, not dolls.

Photo: Getty Images

When the music video for "We Can't Stop" dropped and it was problematic AF.

In the same way she got heat for the VMA performance, the music video got slammed for its use of Black female background dancers as overly sexualized set pieces.

Lil Debbie, another white hip-hop artist, claimed she ripped the whole concept from her "Ratchets" music video. Either way, though, it's not a good look.

Photo: RCA Records

When she said she wanted to make music that "feels black."

Need we say more? Her songwriters, RockCity, quoted the star, saying, "I want urban. I just want something that feels black." Sure, she didn't know that those words would be made public, but she should always assume that saying anything as WTF as that will make headlines. FYI, a white person's music should never "feel black" — that's Cultural Appropriation 101.

Photo: RCA Records

When she went through her twerking obsession.

First she was accused of ripping off African-American hairstyles, then music and, eventually, dance moves.

The word "twerk" dates back to black communities in New Orleans in the early '90s, but the actual movement has ties even further back than that and originated in West Africa.

Yet, nowadays, when you Google "twerk," Miley Cyrus shows up.

Photo: Wenn Images

When she publicly denounced hip-hop music.

After ALL OF THAT APPROPRIATION, people couldn't help but notice that Miley's 2017 music had adopted a totally different sound.

When Billboard asked her about it, the "Malibu" singer said, "I can't listen to that anymore... That's what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much 'Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c*ck — I am so not that."

Most headlines picked up on how it seemed she used hip hop (read: black culture) when it was self-serving, but distanced herself from it once it didn't benefit her anymore.

The good news is that this quote hopefully means she'll put a solid stop to all of her appropriation now. The bad news is, obviously, that this quote makes her look really bad.

Photo: RCA Records

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