OG fashion blogger, actor and magazine editor Tavi Gevinson has called Karlie Kloss the fuck out on her politics following Thursday’s attack on the US Capitol.
For those of you unfamiliar, Tavi rose to fame at the age of 12 for her hugely popular fashion blog Style Rookie, but now as an adult, she works as a magazine editor, writer and actress. Oh, and she *loves* to call out Karlie Kloss for not doing more about the Trumps.
Kloss, whose husband is Josh Kushner, took to Twitter yesterday to say that she “tried” to talk to her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump about politics but was ultimately unsuccessful in convincing them of… well, anything.
But while many people are quick to point out that Kloss is a pretty vocal democrat and therefore shouldn’t be held accountable for the actions of her in-laws, Tavi Gevinson was quick to call her out for the post.
“What @karliekloss means to say is: “I have no real interest in using my political power so much as maintaining a watery ‘feminist’ liberal brand while protecting my ties to the Trumps and Kushners and vaguely claiming I’ve ‘tried’ to change their minds. I’ve had 4+ years to be explicit and specific about the threats my in-laws pose. Instead, I’ve chosen to help legitimize their bigotry by branding us as simply having different ‘political views’,” Tavi wrote on Instagram.
“I have a girls coding organization and am hoping my Resistance Barbie brand will distract you from the fact that I maintain a relationship with my brother-in-law who defriended MBS, or my sister-in-law who called the armed mob last night ‘patriots’ in a since-deleted tweet, or that both of them are complicit in years of white supremacist policies and the President’s successful attempts to incite violence among his supporters. Now that you can rest assured I’m just like you, only rich: Buy my Adidas line.”
It’s a tricky situation because Karlie shouldn’t necessarily be held accountable for the actions of her in-laws, who she realistically has very little power over.
She *did* vote Democrat in both 2016 and 2020, which is obviously worth noting.
“I’m sure I’m not the only person in this country who does not necessarily agree with their family on politics,” she told Andy Cohen in 2020. “I voted as a democrat in 2016 and I plan to do the same in 2020.”
But it’s hard to take her singular vote, and a few tweets supporting Biden seriously when Ivanka and Jared Kushner are still copping invites to her wedding.
However, it is also worth noting that she has a proven track record of skirting around the issue of her ties to the Trump family, including – but not limited to – that time she was on Project Runway in 2020 and straight-up denied a comment asking if she’d wear an outfit “to dinner with the Kushners.”
Oh, and let’s not forget that Ivanka posted an Instagram video showing her support of Karlie’s appearance on the show, so their relationship clearly wasn’t *too* tense last year.
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This also isn’t the first time Tavi has called Karlie out on it either, with her not only mocking the aforementioned Ivanka video, but also taking to the comments of Karlie’s post to basically ask her to do more.
“Karlie, give it a rest. You have a lot of nerve to make a show of championing girls’ coding and your other causes while only politely disowning your family in public (lmao @ you ignoring Ivanka on social media; she still went to your wedding),” Tavi wrote in 2020.
“I can’t believe you’re not more embarrassed not just by them but by YOUR decision to only publicly disown their politics in polite ways so you can have it both ways.”
Tavi Gevinson (writer & actor) going the fuck OFF on all these white fashion people who play both sides. Bunch of hypocrites. pic.twitter.com/Sj3FHKYmtI— ᴮᴱAhlem⁷ (SLOW) (@hopefulmyg) June 4, 2020
It must be an incredibly difficult situation to navigate, and I don’t envy Kloss at all right now. But Tavi also raises a valid point that you can’t just play both sides of the political game.