By Alexis Schulman
Sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been involved with a few problematic issues recently and fans seem to be upset.
Within the past month, Kendall has announced that she is launching her own tequila brand, 818 Tequila. While herself and others are very excited about it, others have said it challenges cultural appropriation.
In a YouTube video promoting the tequila on Kylie Jenner’s YouTube channel titled “Drunk Get Ready With Me: Kylie and Kendall,” they pronounced a type of tequila incorrectly.
There are three types of tequila, “blanco,” “añejo,” and “reposado.” In the video, “Añejo” is pronounced wrong.
A senior at The University of Tampa, Allen Lopez who comes from a Mexican family background, said “My biggest issue with the Jenners is that they were jumping into it out of the blue, and said they are passionate. If they were really passionate about it, they would pronounce things better.”
Many celebrities distribute tequila brands, which Lopez thinks as “a way of bringing positive attention to tequila and helping the economy in Mexico, but knowing the Jenners they are paying their fair share to the Mexican culture.”
Other celebrities such as Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson started a tequila brand and went to the agave fields and saw how it was made from start to finish. From what we have seen, Kendall hasn’t done so.
Along with Kendall’s controversial subject, Kylie Jenner has been put in a tough position as well. Kylie recently posted a GoFundMe link on her Instagram story for her followers to donate money to one of her makeup artists, Samuel Rauda that experienced a fatal car accident.
The money that was donated will go towards his hospital bills. The public originally thought the donation goal was $60,000, while Kylie Jenner only donated $5,000 herself.
Kylie was named “The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever” by Forbes Magazine at the age of 21. Fans were upset when they saw her name under the list of people who had donated and only saw $5,000. People questioned why she could not just pay all $60,000 with her billionaire living style.
Nonetheless, Kylie deleted the GoFundMe off of her Instagram and later posted an apology. In the apology, she stated that the original goal for Ruada was $10,000. She said that there was already $6,000 donated so she added $5,000 to reach the goal of $10,000. By the time fans found out about the GoFundMe the goal was changed from $10,000 to $60,000.
She ended the apology with, “Anyone that knows me, knows that I do things from the heart and I try to be helpful whenever I can be. Let’s all stay positive and keep Sam, his family, and anyone you know who is going through a difficult time in our prayers. I hope you have a beautiful day and let’s encourage each other to help.”
“I think that her apology is valid and a lot of people misunderstood the situation,” UT student Peyton Lucas said. “Many people did not know that the original goal was $10,000 and Kylie chose to give him the rest of what was needed.”
The Jenner’s have been a part of cancel culture when it first started with Kendall’s controversial Pepsi commercial, and as this culture continues, the Jenners still remain in it.