The ongoing Kylie Jenner N-word controversy continues to dog the 18-year-old reality TV star. Earlier this week, Kylie appeared to present a close friend with a birthday cake emblazoned with the phrase “Happy Birthday N*gga.” Kylie denies all involvement, but the bevy of photographs of the event have complicated matters.
The facts are these. This week, Kylie Jenner’s friend Jordyn Woods celebrated her 18th birthday. Kylie Jenner attended the party, and documented it with photographs she shared on Instagram and Snapchat–and, eventually, on Twitter. One of the photos was of Jordyn and this sweet red-bowed ride:
Though the implication was that Kylie got her friend a Mercedes-Benz for her birthday, this was apparently not Kylie Jenner’s gift to her friend. The photo’s caption reads “happy birthday jordyn. Thank you for being you. Most down to earth selfless human being! I hope you enjoy it.” A car emoji then follows.
On Snapchat, though, Kylie shared a slightly different tale–it was there that the Kylie Jenner N-word controversy erupted. Kylie shared this photograph of a cake, with she and Jordyn standing nearby:
As was the case with the car photo above, many observers assumed that, because Kylie was in the original shot with Jordyn, and because she appeared to be presenting her friend with the cake, that the cake was Kylie’s gift to Jordyn–and that the N-bomb accompanying the cake was Kylie’s doing, as well.
Kylie issued a rare public correction of this particular controversy, taking to Twitter to share yet another photo:
My cute little cake to Jordyn the other day. The other one was not my gift ? pic.twitter.com/PEw5HJErCO
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) September 24, 2015
Several days in, though, the Kylie Jenner N-word controversy remains unresolved. It’s spawned a number of thoughtful editorials on the shifting role of the racial epithet: its use today, particularly among teenagers of all races, appears to be far more casual than in generations past.
What do you, the viewers at home, think? Is this all just a big misunderstanding? Did Kylie drop the word and then try to take it back? Or, if she did use it, would she own up to it?
(Photo credits: Kylie Jenner N-word controversy via Instagram, Snapchat)