Kat Von D Throws A Tantrum After Backlash Against ‘Retard’ Lipstick

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Sephora pulled a Painted Love Lipstick by Kat Von D in “Celebutard” after repeated objections to the offensive name. Sephora had received significant backlash over the use of the slur, and Kat Von D responded eloquently like a total twat, as we’ve come to expect from her. Also, that color would be flattering on exactly no one.

Multiple advocacy groups such as Down Syndrome Uprising, Family Member, Inclusion BC and All About Developmental Disabilities objected to the portmanteau of “celebrity” and “retard,” which I find questionable both on ethical grounds and also on this-doesn’t-even-make-sense grounds. Is it supposed to mean mentally retarded celebrity? I don’t get the joke.

Von D, for her part, responded to the backlash before Sephora did, in a since deleted tweet that said ”At the end of the day, it’s just a f**king lipstick.” Sure, Kat Von D. I’ve seen your show—you might not be the person from whom I want to take my social cues (remember this?).

While I tend to err on the side of immaturely saying “if you love political correctness so much why don’t you marry it?,” I can’t really believe that everyone isn’t in agreement over the use of the word “retard.” I’m a pretty big believer in words just being words, but I’m also not stupid enough to deny that certain words have power. People really tend to dig their heels in when it comes to offensive, disrespectful language (I’m reminded of gay means “lame,” not “homosexual”) as if they’re fighting for their inalienable right to life, liberty, and upskirt shots.

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    • Hayley Hoover

      Seriously unacceptable!

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      Kat Von D is obnoxious. That is all I have to add to this.

    • Joanna Rafael

      “At the end of the day, it’s just a f**king lipstick.” Then why are you being such an embarrassing baby about it, Kat Von D? UGH.

    • chelsea

      I feel the same… this is stupid and irrational… its a lipstick name. She didn’t walk up to someone with a mental illness and call them retarded plus the name is far from it… “celebutard”… really? I don’t see the big deal and my sister in law is mentally and physically challenged in case anyone wants to say anything. People are over sensitized these days. What harm did she truly mean? Sad.

      • Lacey

        So would we also be too sensitive if we were upset over the name being “celebun**ger”? It is hate speech! And by the way, the word celebutard is a combination of Celebrity, Debutant, and Retard. It means a stupid celebrity.

      • LisaDisqus

        That was brilliantly put Lacey. I was actually sitting on the fence a bit thinking “Well it’s not classy, that’s for sure, but it does seem like a lot of fuss over a nonsense word” Then I read your comment. Pow! Right in the brain girl! Thanks for clearing my brain fog!

      • MPmom

        We accept that hate speech against a person’s race or sexual orientation is wrong, so why do you feel hate speech against the mentally challenged is ok? It isn’t about being pc, it’s about respect.

    • Alyssa

      The use of “Celebutard” as a lipstick name is hardly insulting in itself. But for some people, it’s just another instance of society normalizing “retard” as an insult. I honestly think people who suffer from Down’s Syndrome or related genetic disorders that cause mental retardation have every right to get angry when something like this happens. And it’s not fair for any of us to judge their reaction. Because we can’t understand what it’s like to suffer from mental retardation and have it trivialized everyday as an insult or in this case, a comical play on words.

      • Samantha_Escobar

        That’s exactly my issue with it. Normalizing the term “retard” (not that it needs help being normalized, as it’s pretty engrained in assholes everywhere and their vocabularies) is not something anybody should do, least of all celebrities who have considerable influence on their fans.

      • Alyssa

        Yeah, I just wish people would really take a moment and consider why things offend people. Just because it doesn’t offend you personally doesn’t mean that it’s not seriously affecting some one else.

      • A

        My sister has Down syndrome and she does not “suffer” from it. She’s way cooler than I’ll ever be!

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      She’s gross.

    • Zach Vrooman

      Kat Von D is a moron. Her stupidity makes me sick.

    • CW

      All she needed to do was call it “Celebutwit” and nobody would’ve blinked an eye. I have a daughter with a developmental disability and while she does not have MR, I am friends with some moms whose kids do have MR. It is not okay to use “retard” as a synonym for “lame” (yes, I do realize that “lame” originally referred to people with a physical disability, but at this point nobody uses it in that context).

    • lara

      “lame” means physically disabled, not “uncool”…

    • Lowana S Dumas

      Does no one here have the intellect to recognize that “retarded” literally is a medical term used to indicate a failure develop fully. Given that little fact, the term, “celebutard” would then most likely mean a celebrity who has failed to fully develop. Hardly offensive when you consider the obvious. By the way, it is indeed just lipstick and hardly worth so much ink.

    • Lowana S Dumas

      Forgot something – this article reads like a teenager wrote it. I really hope Yahoo! starts employing bloggers who are less “teenage” about stories they are reporting on. 8)