Mar 17, 2017 5:00AM
Urban Decay Announce Basquiat Collection, Fronted By A White Person
Urban Decay have announced their new collection, which is inspired by the legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat. It's a legacy worth celebrating, sure, and Urban Decay make some pretty good palettes, but somehow they've managed to miss the mark entirely.
Despite the fact that Basquiat's work commented directly, and almost exclusively, on colonialsim, whitewashing in the art world, systematic racism and the power structures that keep black communities poor, Urban Decay have cast white person Ruby Rose to front the collection.
The brand released a statement along with the tagline "Art as makeup. Makeup as art." The statement reads: "Like Urban Decay, Jean-Michel Basquiat was an outsider who challenged the status quo and used colour in nontraditional ways. From his informal graffiti work and the way he mixed mediums and colours to the way he spoke out against social injustice, it's hard to imagine a more perfect fit for our brand."
The brand may have also forgotten that Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at age 27, making the announcement to all "beauty junkies" the icing on the tone deaf cake.
BRB trying to find a slant face emoji big enough for this one.