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Kat Von D's "Celebutard" Lipstick Pulled From Sephora After Complaints About Offensive Name!

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Sephora has pulled Kat Von D's \

What’s in a name? Apparently a lot of offended customers, if said name is Celebutard!

Sephora has been selling "Celebutard" lipstick from Kat Von D's Painted Love line, and has received a plethora of complaints from organizations like Down Syndrome Uprising, Family Member, Inclusion BC, and All About Developmental Disabilities about the insensitive name choice.

"Celebutard" is apparently a mashup of the words "celebrity" and "retard," which has prompted major concern from many customers.

Kim Stagliano, managing editor of Age of Autism, voiced the following:

"People with disabilities are the last to benefit from what some might call 'political correctness,' and what I would call basic human decency. 'Retard' is still bandied about."

After a few days of silence, Sephora finally responded by pulling the product from their shelves and releasing the following statement:

"It has come to our attention that the name of one shade of a lipstick we carry has caused offense to some of our clients and others. We are deeply sorry for that, and we have ceased sale of that shade both in our stores and online."

Kat Von D apparently had something to say as well, and reportedly tweeted then quickly deleted the following:

"At the end of the day, it's just a f**king lipstick"


Maybe next time go for a safer lipstick moniker, gurl!

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7 comments to “Kat Von D's "Celebutard" Lipstick Pulled From Sephora After Complaints About Offensive Name!”

  1. Kim Stagliano says – reply to this


    I'm Kim Stagliano - I wrote the HuffPo post - I have 3 gorgeous daughters with autism - and the R word needs to GO. So do its derivations like Celebutard and Debutard. Those names are meant as slurs, not compliments. Thank you to Sephora for seeing the light. And thanks Perez for your support too. Huge fan, loved you on Howard Stern. :) KS

  2. Matthew's Puzzle says – reply to this


    I fully support Stagliano on this. My son has autism (hence the Puzzle in my name) and I think this is a great chance for Sephora and Von D to stand up for those that may not be able to stand up for themselves. No incarnation of the word 'retard" should ever be used. And I'm sure Kat and her crew are clever enough to rename the lipstick. Maybe "Something Special" for those in our world that are truly special.

  3. p says – reply to this


    I am so glad sephora took this out ASAP. After her tweet, u better believe I wont be buying any of her make up anymore.

  4. Jenifer Jones says – reply to this


    I, too, support Kim on this; I also have a son with autism, and find any derivative of the word 'retard' to be highly offensive. I advocate for people with developmental, and other, disabilities, and am always glad for an opportunity to educate someone on why we do not use the 'R' word. Good work Kim, and good work Sephora for pulling the lipstick off the shelves.

  5. Jody says – reply to this


    Kat, It is not the end of the day. It is the ignorance on your part to name your product with such a Slur. I have 2, 19 year old boys with Aspergers. ( FYI It is on the Autism Spectrum).
    The number of kids affected by Autism is growing by leaps and bounds. I am asking you to read, talk, and educate yourself about this syndrome. I guarantee you if you ask you close friends and co workers you will find out how many people will say they know someone that has a child or they have a child on the Autism Spectrum.
    I can only speak for my experience.

  6. Rowena Beatty says – reply to this


    A line of quality makeup should uplift women and bring out their beauty not the opposite. What social messages are we sending out to women when we market products with offensive names to them? Do we really mean to say it's o.k. and hip to toss out labels that degrade people or refer to underage sex? On a personal level, how does a young lady with an intellectual disability that can read feel when she enters the Sephora store and see's this product. Labels can hurt.To call this a clueless business move would be an understatement. Sephora can complete it's apology by making sure all of it's stores get the memo to remove this product from their shelves and follow through to make sure it is.

  7. Yo. says – reply to this


    Uhm, Autism isn't recognized as being retarded, saying that it is or implying that it is makes you a… you get the picture.