As you're probably aware, there are lots of frightening, controversial things going on in the news these days.
At times like these, it's important to put frivolity aside and focus on the real issues that affect everyday Americans the most.
Obviously, we're talking about the controversy surrounding Kylie Jenner's wax figure at Madam Tussaud's.
Yes, Kylie is the latest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to be transformed into a plastic, vaguely life-like facsimile of an actual human being.
And on top of that, they're making a wax figure in her likeness! Zing!
Naturally, Kylie is excited about the prospect of being immortalized in wax, and she's being sharing her joy with fans in a series of social media posts:
“You guys, we’re here doing the first measurements. I’m getting my very own wax figure. It takes like six months,” Kylie wrote on Snapchat yesterday.
“Thanks Madame Tussaud’s can’t wait to live in Hollywood forever lol," she added.
She even shared a video of herself posing for the statue:
Not as racy as the typical Kylie Jenner video, but it received plenty of positive attention nonetheless.
But where there are fans, there are haters, and it seems that Kylie's waxification has not been without its share of controversy.
Some fans believe that Kylie has instructed the folks in charge of creating her statue to make her skin tone several shades darker than it is in real life.
The theory stems from videos in which the skin tone pallet that sculptors are using can briefly be seen:
And why would Kylie's desire to be depicted in a deep shade of Snooki bronze be controversial?
Well, for a number of reasons...
For one, Kylie's slow transformation into Kim Kardashian has been regarded with puzzlement and consternation for years now.
Unlike Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe, Kylie is not of Armenian descent, yet she seems to be doing her best to fit herself (through cosmetic procedures and photo re-touching) into the swarthy, curvy mold that her sisters owe to their Middle Eastern genes.
On top of that, the ladies of the Kard clan have been accused of appropriating black culture on numerous occasions, and Kylie has arguably been the worst offender.
Kylie has even been accused of wearing blackface in some confusing (and possibly very troubling) modeling photos.
Natrually, the 19-year-old social media queen was less than pleased with the controversy surrounding her wax figure, and she took to Snapchat to address the criticism:
"I'm not trying to make my wax figure darker than I am, you f**king idiots,” Kylie ranted in a video.
“They were mixing all those colors on a palette, not me. Stop reaching. I don't even have say in this, so let's leave it to the professionals, people."
We're inclined to side with Kylie on this one.
But that doesn't mean she won't do something profoundly stupid and racially insensitive before the week is out.