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.