It feels like Halloween has been going on for about a week now, but it’s only just arrived today. And of course, this was bound to happen. This meaning an offensive costume. As for the offender? It’s Kim Kardashian dressed up as Aaliyah.
Some folks were all here for the spot-on Halloween costume that perfectly captured baby girl’s essence. While others are upset for reasons ranging from cultural appropriation to “Is Kim K. even an Aaliyah fan?”
But let’s back up for a second. Before donning her Aaliyah costume, Kim straight-up owned her Cher costume.
And Cher herself co-signed the costume and gave props to her Armenian girl.
However, the reception wasn’t so loving when Kim debuted her next Halloween costume. The Kardashians take Halloween pretty seriously, and Kim tweeted that her theme for this year was all about legends.
Just one minute later, she tweeted a video of her next costume. And her mentions immediately lit up.
From an aesthetic point, it was a thumbs up. The sleek black hair, sparkly choker, and leather pants perfectly captured Aaliyah’s “Try Again” video.
But it wasn’t a definitive yasssss from the entire Twitterverse.
Some users immediately had a problem with a non-black person dressing as a black woman. And some took issue with it just ’cause.
Others, however, didn’t have a problem.
Some simply thought the costume was, well, not properly executed. Instead of looking like Aaliyah, it was Kim dressed as Cher dressed as Aaliyah.
A final argument was: Does Kim even really know Aaliyah and her music? How can she pay homage to someone she may not fully understand?
Either way, Kim didn’t miss a beat or acknowledge the backlash. She simply released her new Halloween KIMOJI.