Popular Youtube vlogger Grace Helbig, aka DailyGrace, made a video this past week called “Halloween Costume Ideas.” In it, she made her usual variety of jokes: funny, based in pop culture, and with a heavy dose of sarcasm. But at the end of the video, she went too far.
“You're gonna find some kind of really platinum blonde or light pink wing. Then you're gonna tan your skin as much as you can-- unless your skin's already tan; then you did it!” She then applies a heavy layer of brozer and self-tanner, making her skin several shades darker than it naturally is. She continues.
“Then you're gonna find some really light bubblegum pink lipstick. Put that on. Then you're gonna find some kind of eyeshadow or makeup that you can put on your neck that looks like you have a hickey. What are you?”
Grace finally reveals the punchline we've all been dreading the whole time.
“I'm Hickey Minaj! Like the singer? But instead of Nicki, she's got a hickey...this might be offensive.”
She then looks straight at the camera, smiles broadly, winces, and says cheerily, “Yep!” Well, you may not be taking it seriously, but you're right on that one, Grace. It is offensive. It's incredibly offensive.