Jen Gerard, Gerard Cosmetics, Snapchat, YouTube, Beauty Community, Karina Kaboom, Sanders Kennedy, Manny MUA, Bullying, Ashlye Kyle

In Defense of Jen Gerard

Recently, Jen made a great video talking about what’s going on inside of the beauty community from a business owner’s perspective. It was very professionally done and overall, very positive. It’s definitely worth a watch. With that being said, I’m not here to talk about the video. Instead, I’m here to talk about what I thought was stale tea: The Karina Kaboom Drama!

Back in 2015, Karina gave a bad review regarding one of Gerard Cosmetic’s lipsticks, saying that it gave “a bump on her mouth” and later said it was an “allergic reaction.” She cursed up a storm, saying a range of unprofessional things that shouldn’t be said in a review, from “it’s such a piece of crap,” to it being a “piece of s*it lipstick.” When it came to the lipgloss, Karina went back and added to the video that the gloss irritated her lips.

First of all, I do reviews both professionally and just for fun from time to time and as I said, this entire review was highly unprofessional. Also, I use their hydramatte liquid lipstick and I love it. I’m not saying it because Jen is my friend. I sincerely like it and I know a lot of other people who do as well. I also want to add that the company (Gerard Cosmetics) would have gladly given her a refund. So, this video was unnecessary on more than level. When I have a bad experience as a customer, I contact the company and try to see if we can resolve the situation. Nine times out of ten, companies want to help you and resolve the situation entirely. You can see Karina’s original video here and judge for yourself.

After her video went up, Manny uploaded a Snapchat which featured him watching Karina’s video with Jen in the back. Jen can be heard calling Karina “ugly.” Afterward, Manny issued an apology on his Snapchat.

Over time, people forgave Manny, but held a grudge against Jen. Now, as a friend of Jen’s I can tell you that she’s apologized at least twice. Here’s the latest attempt.  So no, Jen hasn’t “just now” decided to apologize. The first apology below is on Jen’s official Instagram:

What I don’t get is first of all, why are people so forgiving of Manny and still angry at Jen? (Not that you should flood Manny with hate comments about this, but it’s a question worth asking.) Second, does no one remember that Karina threatened Sanders Kennedy? That was a whole lot worse than calling someone ugly! Like Ashlye Kyle said in the video, could you imagine if a man had threatened a woman the way Karina did to Sanders?

I’m honestly not trying to make a “Who’s Said Worse?” competition here. But let’s think about the ugly comment for a second, haven’t we all said some pretty catty things in the heat of the moment that we wish we could take back? Believe me when I say that I’ve said a lot worse about a person than calling them “ugly” that I wish so badly I could take back. In fact, thinking about those particular situations still makes me cringe.

My last point is this, Jen is my friend and while I do have some personal bias in this, I also have some personal bias toward the word “bully” being thrown around. As someone who was bullied at girl scouts and throughout school until the day she graduated, and was bullied out of both Sunday School and my Youth Group (I still have my faith, I just left that church), I can tell you that I don’t take the words “bully” and “bullying” very lightly. So, if Jen gets called a bully for ONE comment, then I’ve got quite a few storytimes about my years of being bullied that will make you rethink some things.

Once again, I don’t want you to flood Manny’s comment section with hate regarding this, and I don’t want anyone to go after Karina (if you’re able to since her comments are still disabled). I’m asking you all to leave Jen alone and to also look at your own lives and realize that we’ve all made mistakes very similar to what Jen and Manny did.

I’m going to end this on an old quote that I think applies to this situation. If you agree or if you disagree, please sound off in the comments section. I want to hear your opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be, but before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.” – Bob Marley