The Kardashians – the internet is inundated with updates of their every move. However, this problem of shaming and hating on celebrities goes beyond the Kardashians and Jenners and applies to every single person with some level of public status.
Most of you will perceive Kylie Jenner as a shallow teenager who’s famous for being famous and taking really good selfies. She won for the second year in a row, a spot on TIME magazine’s list of the year’s “Most Influential Teens” – and she most definitely is influential in the world of fashion and beauty. Many were furious at this and Kylie understood. In talking about the inclusion of her on this prestigious list, she said, “I feel like everything I do, my hair color, my makeup, I always start these huge trends, and I don’t even realize what I’m capable of. People might have been upset because [we’re on the “Most Influential Teens” list] next to, like, young girls who started schools and crazy things. But we’re just different people! We’re influential in different ways, and that’s okay.”
In preparation for her 18th birthday, Kylie revealed a ‘super sexy’ beauty tutorial on her site. For every picture and video she posts, there a thousands of tweens commenting “First” and “LB” for a like back to promote their own popularity. Amongst those comments, there are also hateful comments that would shed and tear any thick-skinned human being.
Will Reiben, in his short film, used the makeup tutorial video with an anonymous person narrating all the real comments from articles about Kylie. He explains, “The clip is played in reverse to symbolize that the comments are stripping Kylie of her self esteem and identity. The film is intended to be a criticism of the anonymous hate culture.”
“While reading news articles about Kendall and Kylie in Australia, I was shocked and disgusted by the aggressive comments directed towards Kylie. For years, people have cruelly commented on Kylie’s appearance, always pitting her against her sisters Kendall and Kim, and suggesting that her looks are inferior. It’s unreal that people take the time out of their day to write these comments, and forget that there is a real person potentially seeing these things and internalizing them. People used to always criticize Kylie for having thin lips, then when she got injections people tried to tear her down – the public will never be satisfied. People forget that Kylie Jenner is a real person; just a young 18 year old girl. This anonymous hate culture on gossip sites is out of control, and I thought by reading these comments (which were literally just taken from the top comments of two articles) and showing imagery of Kylie makes them seem more real and realize how painful the words can be.”
This is the make-up tutorial that Kylie originally shared.