- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2017

A Kansas makeup artist says she was disqualified from a Kat Von D beauty contest because of her support for President Trump.

Gypsy Freeman told The Wichita Eagle that she was recently declared the winner of Kat Von D’s Saint + Sinner Contest for her Instagram photo depicting the duality of good and evil. She was supposed to be awarded a trip to Los Angeles to attend the launch party of Kat Von D’s new makeup line — a prize totaling about $2,100 — but she was later disqualified by the “LA Ink” star personally after social media users pointed out a post-election Instagram post by Ms. Freeman supporting Mr. Trump, according to screenshots provided to The Eagle.

A direct message from Kat Von D’s personal Instagram account informed Ms. Freeman that the famed tattoo artist refuses to associate with “anyone who supports that man,” The Eagle reported, based on the screenshots.

“My launch party [and my brand] celebrates many things that Trump is against,” Kat Von D said, according to the screenshots. “And I just need you to know that I personally have a hard time with inviting anyone who would support such an anti-feminist, anti-homosexual/LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-climate change fascist such as Trump.”

According to the screenshots, Ms. Freeman replied: “I won’t be upset with you if you can’t have us there for these reasons, and I wish you the best. We would love to be there, of course, but I sincerely do understand if you decide to replace us with someone who supports the candidate you support.”

Kat Von D responded, according to the screenshots, saying it would be “borderline impossible” for her to associate with anyone who supports “a man who goes against everything I stand for. I would feel the same way towards people who supported Hitler, or any other fascist.”

Kat Von D Beauty’s parent company hasn’t commented on the report.

In an interview with The Eagle, Ms. Freeman called the situation “really unfortunate.”

“It’s definitely bigotry — it’s everything that they’re calling us, they’re doing,” she said. “It’s a huge case of hypocrisy.”

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