Sighs.

I was debating for a long time about whether or not to post this since myself and everyone else who posts here are white, but I feel as though, through enough education I've received, that I know cultural appropriation when I see it. I honestly thought Brookelle was above something like this, but I guess she's not because this is her "Halloween costume" this year:




 Let me spell this out for ya, Brookelle, since I know you still read this blog:

ROMANI AND PERSIAN PEOPLE ARE NOT A COSTUME, AND THE WORD G*PSY IS A RACIST SLUR.

Like, holy fuck. "Took inspiration from Xerxes (300 movie)"... What the fuck is wrong with you??

At what point did you think to yourself, "oh, this is totally okay even though I'm white and not part of either culture!"??

But I shouldn't expect anything less from Brookelle, as these were her "festival" (re: coachella) "makeup" looks.






Her response to all of this?


[Caption:
hamiltonjesse @ri.tarded Pipe your Tumblr arse down, this is not cultural appropriation
bybrookelle @hamiltonessy thanks chick [heart emoji, kiss emoji]]


[Caption: bybrookelle: @limobido what specific culture am I appropriation? Please advise. Or get off your high horse and sit down.
limobido: @bybrookelle obviously you haven't even investigated a little bit about tribal face paint. This kind of tribal face paint is used by African and Native American tribes in different special and religious occasions. It's not just a festival trend, it's something that actually has a meaning to it and people are using it just because it's 'treny'. Please, look up the meaning of cultural appropriation. What you're doing is disrespectful to other cultures. Even if you don't see it, just the fact that other people feel their culture is disrespected is a reason to stop. I really didn't want to write this whole thing, but i'm trying to educate. have a nice day.
bybrookelle: @limobido NO CULTURE owns face painting, or shapes on ones face. Nobody. It's not illegal nor am I breaking any rules. I am able to use makeup to please whatever shapes, colours, or anything I wish on my face. Just because someone is offended by something, doesn't mean I am not able to express myself how I wish or that I should be bashed for it. I could be offended by a woman breast feeding in public, but that's not for me to comment on. So please get back to me when putting makeup on your face is illegal, or when a specific culture owns face painting. Thank you.

I don't even think I have to explain how disgusting and racist this is.

Then again, again, I should expect nothing less from someone who uses foundation 3-5 times darker than their ACTUAL skin tone and uses fake tan like there's no tomorrow (not that there's anything wrong with fake tanning, but when it's dark enough to look like a completely different race, that's when it becomes incredibly problematic).

(the bottle says "Dark", and her left leg - with spray tan - resembles that of a dark skinned person.)


For anyone coming here for the first time, this is her real skin tone with no makeup, but plenty of Photoshop.

(this has the Valencia filter on it)

(no filter at all, and you can see her blotchy fake tan and her real skin tone underneath)

(snapchat's 'Vintage' filter option (I do not know what it's called normally))

[ Note: While I don't like how much fake tan she uses, I do feel bad that she got burned pretty bad from using whatever brand she did. No one deserves that, at least in my opinion. It doesn't mean I can't talk about how terrible her fake tan is and just how dark it really is ]

And as a bonus, here's her stealing an Instagram post from a black makeup artist, lightening the skin using a filter, and posting it as if it were her own photo from a while back.


By the way? She never deleted the post. Her excuse for posting it and lightening the skin? "I never said the photo was mine."


Anyway, there you go. I'm sure there's more somewhere, but this is what I have!
-Rachel.