Gypsy Freeman from Kansas who recently won Kat Von D’s Instagram Saint + Sinner makeup photo contest, says she was disqualified after the tattoo artist found out she supports President Donald Trump.
Shortly after being tagged as the winner of the contest, some fans of Von D discovered a
pro-Trump post on Freeman’s page and began harassing the winner and brought it to the attention of Von D herself. That evening, Freeman received a direct message from Von D saying:
“I of course didn’t base your entry on past posts but I did notice the pro-Trump post you posted a while back. I have definitely drawn a line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man. My launch party (and my brand) celebrates many things that Trump is against. And I just need you to know that I personally have a hard time with inviting anyone who would support such an anti-feminist, anti-homosexual/LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-climate change fascist such as Trump.”
Freeman wrote back:
“I won’t be upset with you if you can’t have us [at the launch party] for these reasons, and I wish you the best. We would love to be there, of course, but I sincerely do understand if you decide to replace us with someone who supports the candidate you support.” The artist also noted that she has “friends and family who are lesbians and homosexuals,” and she “supports her sex.”
To which Von D. responded:
“It’s not about inviting people based on their political stance. It’s just extremely difficult (borderline impossible) for me to be friends with or associate with anyone who would support a man who goes against everything I stand for. I would feel the same way towards people who supported Hitler, or any other fascist. I just want to be honest with you about where I stand. And also where my brand stands, meaning KVD Beauty, and the message we want to send out to the world.”
Not too long after the message, Freeman discovered her name had been removed from the winning post and believes she was disqualified because of her political beliefs. However, the photographer who worked with her on the entry was invited to and attended the launch party for the brand.
Strangely, all mention of the contest has been deleted from Kat Von D’s Instagram.
It’s pretty sad that someone’s politics, which had nothing to do with the make-up contest at all, could cause a winner to lose out on a prestigious recognition. Kat Von D’s make-up brand is wildly popular at Sephora and probably even worn by some Trump voters. Nowhere in the rules did it say someone couldn’t enter because they were a Trump supporter.
So much for not mixing business with politics.