Every year, Halloween kicks off the holiday season in a fanciful way.
Most would agree that it’s the most creative holiday of them all, with people transforming into dreamlike creatures and anthropomorphic inanimate objects. The costumes are usually easy-going and fun, but the water can get a little murky, particularly when people begin to dress as beloved, real-life public figures.
Kim Kardashian West found this out when she kicked off her second day of Halloween week (apparently it’s a thing, complete with its own hashtag, #HallowKKWeen) dressed as the one and only “Babygirl” Aaliyah.
Baby Girl Aaliyah pic.twitter.com/5GUHkNJgNi— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2017
Aaliyah is an R&B icon that many black millennials and Generation Xers hold near and dear to their hearts. Even after passing away at the age of 22, over an entire decade and a half ago, many still recognize her birthday year after year. Too, new musicians still routinely talk about the singer’s influence on their music.
So, needless to say, when it comes to Aaliyah, people are very defensive. Black Twitter made that very clear after Kardashian West posted her costume.
This is offensive— Kelly (@vnyvsh) October 29, 2017
Kim Kardashian did Aaliyah so dirty tryna be her for halloween.... she needs to go sit somewhere💀 pic.twitter.com/7BjrE9W1yN— rissa 🍒 (@charissabacon) October 29, 2017
Legend or not Aaliyah is a black woman and you’re not. It’s offensive and you shouldn’t push this limit, but ok... 🙄— Blogger Cassie (@LAGrlCrookdSmle) October 29, 2017
But in a surprise turn of events, the majority actually praised or defended Kardashian West's costume.
Kimberly Kardashian West looks great dressed as Aaliyah. THAT is how you pay respect without doing Blackface. Great job @KimKardashian! ❤️🙌🏾— Mr. Couture ⚜️ (@MrCouture) October 29, 2017
My GOD, this is not offensive. She dressing as Aaliyah. She looks great!— Reese (@beachydivine) October 29, 2017
im black and i see no problem with this at all— s (@godIys) October 29, 2017
Wait black people can dress up like moana,Tinkerbell and other white characters but Kim can't?y'all need prayers— selma_malik🌈 (@SalsinaA) October 29, 2017
And a some were just simply confused.
why are people dressing up for Halloween when halloweens on the 31st?? Help— c: (@justbrandonlol) October 29, 2017
What do you think? Did Kim cross the line and culturally appropriate?