“Baby Girl Aaliyah” she captioned a video of herself in full costume.
In years past, Kim, along with the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan, has come under fire for displaying a lack of sound judgment when it comes to race. From cultural appropriation to that whole Jeffree Star debacle, the family has a laundry list of controversial and appropriation offenses. So, it's unsurprising that Kim's costume would cause a stir.
Each year, for marginalised communities, Halloween comes weighed with extra baggage. We wonder who will show up to the party clad in something inherently problematic. Which friend/soon-to-be-ex-friend will show up in blackface? Which co-worker will show up in a Native American headdress? Who will dare to be a geisha?
For some Aaliyah stans, seeing a smoky-eyed, diamanté-encrusted Kardashian with waist-grazing hair paying homage to their beloved Baby Girl was problematic.
“Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok,” said user @lagrlcrookdsmle.
“It's offensive because babygirl is DEAD & you can't pay hommage [sic] when you're an Armenian just using her look as a costume. That's the issue,” said user @shaurenza .
Though, it seems a number of fans also stanned for Kardashian’s… well… stanning. And, they feel, context is everything.
“I’m not even a Kim Kardashian fan but good lord....she loves Aaliyah just like the rest of us. She looked good!” said user @rodtheboat.
“Kim Kardashian went as Aaliyah and y’all are about to drag her for no reason. Did she do blackface? No. Y’all find anything to b mad abt,” said user @farrip.
She also dressed as Cher, willing Cher's personal approval, and in a couples costume with sister Kourtney where they dressed as Madonna and Michael Jackson. Let's just say that caused a lot less outrage than Kim's Try Again tribute.
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