Kat Von D writes an aggressive letter to her makeup line haters
It's not like Kat Von D is any stranger to controversy.
Even when it comes to lipstick colors, this isn't the first time the reality star has faced backlash — Kat eventually pulled a pink hue called "Celebutard" from shelves after complaints from developmental disabilities groups and parents. But this time, Kat isn't backing down.
The shade in question now? A bright red the tattooed star has dubbed "Underage Red." It was called out on Twitter earlier this week for having, shall we say, questionable connotations. That doesn't mean Kat's willing to discontinue this color, too.
She posted a letter to her fans on Facebook in which she explained the name and very deliberately refused to apologize for the controversy surrounding it.
"'Underage Red' was one out of four lipstick shades that I released at the very start of the makeup line, seven years ago," she wrote. "It launched, alongside 3 other variation of red shades: 'Hellbent,' 'Misfit,' and 'Lolita.' Out of those 4 shades, 'Underage Red' was the matte, borderline-neon, fire-engine red," she continued. "I clearly remember wearing a variation of this shade when I was 16 years old. I also remember the feeling of wanting so badly to go see a specific concert at this age, and not being able to get in to the venue because I was underage. Back then, I was already deeply in love with punk rock music, and although in the eyes of many (including my parents), it may have been inappropriate for me to be wearing lipstick. But i [sic] did."
She added, "These wild, and horrific accusations proclaiming that any aspect of my makeup line would ever promote the degradation of women, statutory rape, sexual behavior, human trafficking, underage drinking, or even idealization of fleeting youth, goes against everything I stand for. So, please excuse me if I find those articles and comments appalling and inaccurate...So, NO. I refuse to sacrifice my integrity and creative freedom. NO. I will not be pulling 'Underage Red' from my collection. And NO. This is not an apology."
Oh, boy. We get where you're coming from, Kat. But "Underage Red"? You couldn't have come up with something less inflammatory than that?