It’s one of the most random celebrity feuds in recent memory, and it’s got Twitter divided as to how far is too far when one is clapping back at a hater.
It all started when Tyson Beckford commented on an Instagram photo that showed Kim Kardashian walking into Jimmy Kimmel’s studio for an appearance on his show earlier this week.
“Sorry I don’t care for it personally,” he commented, as though anyone had asked his opinion.
“She is not real, doctor f–ked up on her right hip.”
Now, Kim has been denying plastic surgery rumors for the entirety of her career, so it’s not surprising that she took issue with Beckford’s remark.
It is surprising, however, that she chose to malign an already-marginalized segment of the population in her rebuttal.
“Sis we all know why you don’t care for it,” Kim replied on Instagram.
Just in case there was any confusion with regard to her intentions, Kim made added the usual shade-throwing emojis:
A brush painting fingernails, a frog, a teacup — all combining to evoke the image of a bitchy Kermit cutting his critics down to size with a single offhand remark.
Generally, those who stand up to online bullies are applauded for their courage.
But Kim’s comment has raised some serious concerns.
Obviously, she’s implying that Beckford is not interested in her sexually because he’s gay.
Setting aside the troublingly hubristic assumption that if someone doesn’t want to bed you, it must be because of their sexual orientation, it’s problematic that Kim seems to think that accusing Beckford of being a closeted gay man amounts to an insult.
Beckford addressed Kim’s comments in an Instagram story, but opted not to remark on the allegations of homophobia.
“Despite what @TheShadeRoom might be tryna say, my opinion on women who do plastic surgery stays the same, not for me!” he wrote.
“I personally don’t care for it! End of story.”
Just in case anyone doubted that he’s an incredible douche bag, Beckford added:
“Always gonna pick a Beyonce over anyone else.”
Yes, it’s one of those sad situations in which both parties come away looking like jerks.
Obviously, there’s a debate to be had over who comes off worse here.
But the fact that both Kim and Tyson have a whole lot of growing up to do is inarguable.
Do better, y’all.