Kim Kardashian deletes tweet that misidentified a Black trans woman who was killed
Kim Kardashian West deleted a tweet with artworks that contained a false photo of a black trans woman killed. (Laura Thompson / TNS)
Kim Kardashian West has deleted a tweet that contains the wrong image of a recently killed black trans woman and a prayer letter that some view as blasphemous for Catholics.
"BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER!", The reality TV star and beauty mogul tweeted on Saturday along with a drawing, the pictures of two women under the words "Rest in Power" and a prayer modeled on the Nicene faith contained the Catholic Church.
While Kardashian did not identify the women, they should be Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells (27) and Riah Milton (25), two black trans women who were killed on June 9 in Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively. Her death was remembered during All Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Hollywood and across the country.
The problem? It was not a picture of Milton. Rather, according to Milton's sister Ariel Shaw, it was a photo of her aunt who also recently died.
"Whoever tweets the photo on the right and thinks it's my sister has to take it off because that's. NOT. MY. SISTER. It's a photo of someone else," Shaw tweeted on Sunday.
"I also want to add that this is the worst because my aunt passed away in April," Shaw continued.
Tweets from people pretending to be Milton's friends and family members replied to the tweet by asking them to remove the photo.
Efforts to contact Shaw on Tuesday were unsuccessful. On Tuesday morning, Kardashian had deleted her post from the weekend.
The person who created the original image - an Oakland-based artist and poet named Alan Pelaez Lopez who uses the Twitter handle @MigrantScribble - recognized the error on Sunday and made a request to remove the image.
I used a photo from a statement that HRC took 2 days ago to take a picture. The photo is not Riah Milton. Please help me by reporting the tweet with the picture @KimKardashian created, as it is not a RT but a screen cap.
I don't want my mistake to do more harm.
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"ACTION REQUIRED: I used a photo from a statement HRC took two days ago to take a picture. The photo is not Riah Milton," wrote Pelaez Lopez. "Please help me by reporting the tweet with the picture, which is not a RT, but a screen cap. I don't want my mistake to do more harm."
The artist tweeted that the human rights campaign removed the wrong photo from their website. Efforts to contact Pelaez Lopez on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
In the meantime, other commentators questioned the prayer text in the picture, which they viewed as a blasphemous mockery of the Catholics' creed.
"I believe in Trans Life, the Holy Spirit of Self, the Holy TransFuturistic Church, the community of sadness and joy, our forgiveness for this society, the resurrection of the Transcestors and eternal life. I believe in Trans Life because we are from one nuanced possibility have risen and sit to the right of each other and make our flesh a relative Almighty ", was the text and reflected the rhythms of the Nicene creed.
"The caption is completely out of control and disrespectful to Catholics," a commentator replied to the tweet.
Kardashian West is a practicing Christian who was baptized with her three youngest children in a church in Armenia last October. Her husband Kanye West reiterated his Christianity in January 2019.
Kardashian's office did not immediately respond to the Times' request for comment on Tuesday.
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