Kendall Jenner endured a silly outrage cycle last week for launching a tequila line, fielding accusations of cultural appropriation from social media critics. Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky and Staff Editor Madeline Osburn debate the argument’s merits below.
Emily Jashinsky: Do you think it’s true that Kendall Jenner is facing cultural appropriation allegations not leveled at while male tequila proprietors?
Madeline Osburn: Not only have I not seen allegations aimed at male tequila-prenuers, but on the same morning that I saw the Daily Mail headline about Jenner, I saw a post from The Rock, quoting an interview with him in a cigar magazine lauding the record number of cases of tequila that he sold.
We should ask Lisa Barlow from “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” if she’s faced these problems with her tequila line.
EJ: So why do you think Jenner in particular is being targeted? Is it because her fan base skews younger and is therefore more woke? Is