There are so many Halloween costumes that aren't problematic in any way. Pumpkin? Check. Penguin? Check. The cow jumping over the moon? Absolutely. So why, why do people insist on wearing costumes that make people mad? Kim Kardashian provided us with no shortage of creative Halloween costumes this year, but one, in particular, caused flames to erupt in the eyes of Twitter users everywhere.
First, Kim K and her bestie Jonathan Cheban wowed with their striking Sonny and Cher costumes.
Sonny & Cher https://t.co/JMLRko409q— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1509169527.0
That's probably why Kim thought she had to keep going. Here, she's dressed as Madonna, blonde wig, pouty face, and all.
Michael Jackson & Madonna https://t.co/RTxA90XfBC— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1509255577.0
Well, Internet, she decided to dress up as the late great Aaliyah.
Baby Girl Aaliyah https://t.co/5GUHkNJgNi— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1509249065.0
Of all the women she could have picked, Kim Kardashian just had to go as Aaliyah, the beloved singer who was killed in a plane crash in 2001.There were so many other options. So many. Yet, Kim K managed to pick one that riled people up immediately. Some cried insensitivity, and others called her out for cultural appropriation.
"Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you're not," this Twitter user wrote.
@KimKardashian Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok... 🙄— #𝘓𝘈𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘥𝘚𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦 ✌🏾💚🌻 (@#𝘓𝘈𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘥𝘚𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦 ✌🏾💚🌻)1509249324.0
This Twitter user posited that most people are upset about Kim's choice in costume because Aaliyah is so beloved.
I think the reason ppl are mad that Kim Kardashian dressed as Aaliyah for Halloween is cause Aaliyah is precious to… https://t.co/ax2UBCRxll— Ari Gold (@Ari Gold)1509243695.0
Others didn't agree with the idea that Kim K's Aaliyah's costume was cultural appropriation at all.
I HATE when y’all make me defend Kim Kardashian but her Aaliyah costume was nothing even adjacent to cultural appropriation. Please stop.— C . (@C .)1509306306.0