Wichitan won national contest, was disqualified for supporting Trump, she says

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Luglio 25, 2017

A Kansas makeup artist says she won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty but was later disqualified because of an Instagram post supporting Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. A post on Bischof's Instagram account shows her at the party alongside Kat Von D.

Screenshots taken by Gypsy Freeman show she was declared the victor last month of an Instagram "Saint + Sinner Contest" sponsored by the makeup line, which was founded by tattoo artist and former reality show star Kat Von D.

Instagram users later reportedly discovered Freeman's pro-Trump post from Election Day in November.

That evening, she received a direct message from Kat Von D's personal Instagram account, telling her the celebrity had "drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man", according to screenshots of the conversation.

With Freeman's complaint, Von D responded saying that her launch party is celebrating many things that Donald Trump is against with: "Personally, I can not let anyone who would support an anti-immigrant, anti-feminist, anti-climate change and anti-feminist fascist as Trump".

"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".

Von D continued: "It's just extremely hard (borderline impossible) for me to be friends with or associate with anyone who would support a man who goes against everything I stand for".

Freeman said she used to buy Kat Von D's makeup kit for years, but that's over now. "I would feel the same way towards people who supported Hitler, or any other fascist".

For the Saint + Sinner Contest, she turned in an Instagram image that lots of people loved - most notably Kat Von D herself, Freeman said.

Freeman said she understood Von D's decision and respected her right to handle her contest the way she wants. "Part of being in this country is having freedom of speech", However, Freeman still expressed her disappointments in Tampa Bay Times, saying that it still not right though to be removed from being the victor just because of who she voted for.

But she told the Tampa Bay Times that she has an issue with being disqualified from a contest because of who she voted for. She emphasized that she can not let herself be associated with people who have the same thinking with Trump.

"It's definitely bigotry — it's everything that they're calling us, they're doing", Freeman added. "It's a huge case of hypocrisy", she told the Wichita Eagle.

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