Why I’ve fully had it with FullyRawKristina

 

Scandals come and go in the vegan community. Most are tempests in a teapot, but some of them are serious, and I think this is one such case.

Several months ago, FullyRawKristina posted a body paint video in which she was decorated in flowers and fruit – and painted black from head to toe. She immediately came under fire from people who were deeply hurt by the images and felt that they were a insensitive.

FullyRawKristina didn’t delete the video, and instead she made a video explaining why she felt justified. And defending herself against the “insane hate” she received when people perceived her video as racially insensitive. She also asserted that she faced racism because she’s Ecuadorian and half Lebanese.

The Never Ending Pity Party

From “shoe gate” to the painting fiasco, FullyRawKristina has done an excellent job of deflecting criticism. A master of the non-apology-apology, she often leans on her experience as a person of Ecuadorean and Lebanese heritage as a chance to show that “she’s persecuted too.” In her latest video, Kristina appears tearfully complaining about how mean people are, while she casually mentions that it’s taken her “a month to heal” in BALI.

I’m sorry Rawfully Organic failed. But does FullyRawKristina really need to cry about it on the beach in Bali to get attention from her fans? Kristina represents the very worst of the stereotypical spoiled, entitled Milennials. She’s fully convinced she is somehow being persecuted, when she actually lives in the lap of luxury and treats people with genuine concerns as if they’d somehow hurt her. It’s all pretty hard to take, and even more so when one learns that instead of being a persecuted minority (as she has claimed in the past), she is the niece of the former President of Ecuador, Abdala Bucaram Ortiz.

Fully Raw Kristina is not forthright or humble about her privileged background

kristina carillo bucaram uncle abdala bucaram ortiz president of ecuadorThis may come as a surprise to many of you, but Kristina’s Uncle, Abdala Bucaram Ortiz – known in Ecuador as “El Loco”- was the president of Ecuador until he was ousted for corruption and declared mentally unfit. He currently lives in exile in Panama. Her cousin, Dalo Bucaram also ran (and lost) a bid for Ecuador’s presidency this spring. Of course, none of this is Kristina’s fault, by any means.

But it does demonstrate that she is far from a persecuted immigrant. I would never question the fact that she has faced discrimination. But I also can’t stand by while she compares her experience to people who can’t escape discrimination. In fact, in the blackface apology video, she state’s that “we’re all people of colour.”

Unfortunately, this is simply untrue. People of colour simply don’t get to experience NOT being judged on sight by the colour of their skin. To say that your experiences are exactly the same is to erase the significance of the challenges they face every single day.

Oppression is not just an outfit that you get to put on every time someone accuses you of something. It’s not a “get out of jail free card.” Ask anyone who has actually experienced oppression because of their race or sexual identity. They don’t have the opportunity to blend into their surroundings.

I’m sure Kristina believes in the message of raw food and health. I have no doubt that she’s sincere in her desire to share her health beliefs with others.

But what I cannot excuse is her endless appropriation of other people’s misery for her own advantage.

Time to grow up, chin up, and start acting like the fortunate and capable adult that you actually are.

2 Responses to “Why I’ve fully had it with FullyRawKristina

  • Libertadora
    2 months ago

    As a student I had many classmates that were of Arab, Persian, and South Asian descent. Given that we were going to what would be deemed a “prestigious research University” a good portion of said classmates, were at least upper middle class (With the few international students what were straight up members of their country’s elite). Economically they had some definite privileges, however most of them (particularly those who came from immigrant families) had some form of discrimination story (ranging from consistent random searches in the airport to more aggressively ugly stuff). While money goes pretty far in the states, outside of academic institutions having brown skin and an ethic name can subject you to a decent amount of cruelty. K’s family might not have the same narrative of a migrant worker but there are decent amount of immigrants whose narratives begin with a slightly privileged background. That being said, the issue that I take with her is how she used her ethnicity as a deviation from the subject at hand. She brought up her experience with discrimination and comments about her skin color as proof of how un-racist she was, while failing to realize that It’s completely possible to be a both a victim of racism by one group and to then be racist towards another group. Furthermore it distracted from the apology by directing the audience’s sympathy towards her. K’s tendency to illicit sympathy/admiration as a distraction from legitimate criticism is her main problem because it keeps her from listening and learning.
    ….Meanwhile the Abdala connection is rather disturbing to say the least given that in Ecuador the Bucaram family has a bit of a reputation for being corrupt and Abdala’s administration was disastrous and demagogic. I’m not saying that FRK is a dangerous populist responsible for economic theft BUT I don’t like that the Bucaram political family could use the pretty face of an American internet vegan to soften their public image.

    • Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by! I completely agree. No matter how privileged her environment may be, I’m sure Kristina has had to endure discrimination and perhaps even downright hate. But, like you say, that’s not really the best response she could have made to the issue. It would have been more appropriate for her to stand by the video WITHOUT bringing her own issues into it. Of course, Kristina has the right to express herself however she chooses as long as she isn’t hurting anyone, but I do hope she holds herself to a higher standard.

      The issue with Bucaram is a little more complex, and hopefully doesn’t relate much to Kristina herself, aside from the fact that she probably shouldn’t be comparing herself to the average immigrant. Bucaram’s administration was definitely a disaster, and it’s so difficult to say – even now – how much corruption was involved (especially since, as we know, nearly every administration has it’s own fair share of bribery, etc.). Not sure if you read Abdala’s comments on her tweet..I found it a little odd to see him gush about how famous she is, but I guess he’s just a proud uncle?

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