StyleRihanna's Fenty Beauty pulls its 'Geisha Chic' highlighter after backlash from customers over its 'offensive' name
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- On March 29, announced that it would be launching a red called "Geisha Chic."
- After the brand shared photos of the new product on , customers called the highlighter's name "inappropriate," and accused the brand of being racist.
- On Instagram, representatives for Fenty Beauty told customers that the highlighter has been pulled "until it can be renamed."
- The same statement was reiterated to INSIDER by Fenty Beauty representatives.
- Geishas have a rich history in , and products inspired by them are often considered to be examples of .
In the past, Rihanna's Fenty Beauty has been praised for offering cosmetics in diverse shades to suit multiple skin tones, but the makeup brand is now facing backlash from fans who say the name of its new highlighter "Geisha Chic" is offensive.
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Photos of the highlighter, which Hypebae describes as acolor, emerged on social media in March alongside new Fenty Beauty products like the and Killawatt duo in
The product was met with criticism from Fenty Beauty followers on social media, who felt the product's name was "inappropriate" and accused the brand of being racist.
In response to one person's comment on Instagram, Fenty Beauty thanked fans for "educating" the brand, and said the product would be not be sold until it was given a new name.
In a statement sent to INSIDER, Fenty Beauty confirmed that the product has been pulled "until it can be renamed."
, a verified makeup news account on Instagram, shared photos of the product on Friday.
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After photos of the highlighter surfaced, customers began criticizing the brand
On Twitter, one customer called the product's name "inappropriate," while another accused the brand of being racist.
Rihanna was really about to bring out a blush called geisha chic ???? thank god people noticed how gross that was and fenty delayed the launch to rename it. Really weird how the entire fenty beauty team didn't catch how inappropriate that name is from the start— Sunny (@sun1796)
.— Jessica (@lyjessicat) has a new highlighter named “geisha chic...” ummmm? Rihanna... explain why Asian targeted racism gets glossed over, it feels even worse when it’s from another marginalized group ????
“Geisha Chic Hunny” ???????????????? Really, Miss Fenty? REALLY?— Jodie (@_J0die_)
Really Fenty? This is supposed to be considered appropriate?
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It’s being pulled from shelves.— ???? Katie Bates ???? (@BeauteCoulisses)
However, some fans stood by the brand, and said they didn't have a problem with the product's name.
As a Asian person, I don't see the problem in— pizzaz (@Honeybuttergal) naming one of their highlighter/blush 'Geisha Chic'.
Exactly. Like I previously mentioned, the highlighter is called geisha chic (sans honey) and the color pays homage to traditional geisha and Meiko makeup. That’s why I’m finding this whole situation people getting worked up over nothing to be fake woke.— Suffering™️ ???????????? (@Hibantina)
After facing backlash, Fenty Beauty announced that it would pull the highlighter 'until it can be renamed'
is about to make me so broke with their body lava & new killawat foil!!
Oh well. ????????♀️— Taylor Harvey (@tayharve)
On Sunday, a member of thesubreddit named shared a she received from Fenty Beauty after leaving a comment on the brand's Instagram page.
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"We hear you, we have pulled the product until it can be renamed. We wanted to personally apologize. Thank you so much for educating us," representatives for Fenty Beauty told the Reddit user on Instagram.
Speaking to INSIDER, representatives for Fenty Beauty reiterated the same statement, and confirmed the message was sent to Instagram users. The representatives did not comment on when the product will be renamed and released.On Reddit, many said they appreciated Fenty Beauty's statement, and applauded the brand for prioritizing customer comments over profits
"I like this reply: short, straightforward and with an actual apology," Reddit userwrote.
"Good for them, not only apologizing but taking action, and giving no excuses," Redditorsaid.
"This is a good apology. It doesn't side step or make excuses. I'm super happy," Reddit usersaid. "It's also a good sign that Fenty is willing to eat the cost of pulling an almost-launched product. Even if it's just renamed, that will require a lot of money to relabel. I appreciate that Fenty didn't just go forward with the launch while saying that they'd do better next time."
Products inspired by geishas are often considered to be examples of cultural appropriation
The termis used to describe the adoption of elements in a minority culture - typically or discriminated against - by members of the dominant culture, by those who wield power in a society.
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For example, many have spoken out against, such as "geisha costumes."
Critics have argued that these costumes - no matter the intention behind them, sexualized or not - should not exist at all, as they allow those who belong in a privileged group to "try on" a culture without experiencing or understanding the history behind it. Meanwhile, when people within that culture wear the same garment, they are often mocked for doing so, or criticized for not assimilating into American society.
That's not to say that people can't appreciate cultures outside their own, or that cultural exchange is inherently wrong. The difference between appreciation and appropriation, critics argue, is that appropriation results from ignorance, from a failure or unwillingness to learn about a culture, or to listen to those within that culture.Geishas have a rich history in Japan
According to Tokyo-based travel company,, female . They originally worked as assistants to the oiran, elite and "very expensive Japanese courtesans."
At the time, according to San Francisco's, strict government regulations forbade geishas from forming personal relationships with, or even sitting close to, the courtesans' clients.
During Japan's Meiji period, which lasted from 1868 to 1912, geishas replaced the oiran as the main "providers of hospitality and entertainment at dinner events for large companies and government officials."
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But in the early 1900s, according to Toki, US soldiers stationed in Japan following World War II incorrectly referred to a broad category of female Japanese workers - a group that included prostitutes and nightclub hostesses - as "geisha girls."
This American mistake contributed to a global misunderstanding of what geishas are - a warped perception that persists today.
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