Kat Von D is one of those celebs who contributes a whole lotta nothin’, so it’s not surprising that she’s clinging to the only thing that’s putting her name anywhere right now — her lipstick. You may recall that in November of 2013, people were outraged by Von D’s makeup line that included a shade of lipstick named “celebutard.” We knew way back then that she also had a shade named “underage red” (charming!) but for some reason, only now are people realizing it and getting all huffy about it. So huffy that Von D felt the need to speak out on her behalf.
Did she apologize? Of course not, she doesn’t do that. Here’s what she had to say about the controversy, via her Facebook page. This is an edited version, because the original post is really, really long, so here are some choice bits:
I have never expected everyone to understand or see things the way that I do.
With that being said, I can understand why some have found reason to be offended in regards to my choice in naming a lipstick “Underage Red” – but I feel the need to correct those of you who have clearly misinterpreted the name itself, and the inspiration behind it.
[…] “Underage Red” was one out of four lipstick shades that I released at the very start of the makeup line, seven years ago. 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.
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 did.
[…] Anyone who knows or follows me, is very aware of my personal lifestyle choices which include celibacy, sobriety, conscious living and [above feminism], human rights. Although, i would never force my views and opinions onto others, i most definitely find it offensive being accused of the opposite.
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.
If you read the word “underage” and you automatically jump to a disgusting conclusion, I ask you to perhaps question your own mind and thoughts. Consider the damage such negativity can actually cause, verses actually help.
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.
Look, there’s something a little weird about naming a lipstick “underage” anything, but I actually understand where she’s coming from — she named it after a color she would wear when she was 16 to try and act grown-up. Do I think her lipstick names are stupid? Yes. Do I think she loves the controversy? Yes. Do I think she high fives pedophiles? No.
I simply don’t have the energy to get all riled up over this lipstick. Do you?