Kim Kardashian has come under fire after making a comment on Instagram that social media users have labelled “homophobic”.
The reality TV star was writing in response to a remark made by actor and model Tyson Beckford, who had criticised a photograph of Kardashian posted by celebrity gossip account The Shade Room.
“Sorry I don’t care for it personally,” he wrote underneath a paparazzi snap of her wearing tight-fitting leggings and a crop top as she arrived to film an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“She is not real, doctor f***** up on her right hip,” the 47-year-old added in a subsequent comment, implying that Kardashian had enhanced her figure via plastic surgery, something she has always denied.
To add insult to injury, Beckford illustrated his remark with a green vomit emoji.
According to The Shade Room’s post, Kardashian responded with: “Sis we all know why you don’t care for it,” a comment which many people have interpreted as a homophobic slur.
“Kim Kardashian, you’re questioning Tyson Beckford’s sexuality, like being ‘gay’ is something evil,” one person commented on the post.
“Kim K should just stick to being pretty and a business woman and a subject to reaction pictures,” another added on Twitter.
Another person wrote: “That Kim K clap back was weak and suggesting a man is gay because he said something you don’t like is homophobic. Next case.”
Others lambasted Beckford for his comment, labelling it as “body-shaming” and describing his criticism of Kardashian’s figure as “mildly oppressive”.
“If your response to the Kim K and Tyson situation is [to] call Kim K homophobic and not talk about Tyson body-shaming her, then the argument is weak,” another person added.
“Tyson was outta line and deserved to be checked. Kim should have used a better strategy [sic]”.
Beckford responded to the accusations of body-shaming via an Instagram story, writing: “despite what @theshaderoom might be tryna say, my opinion on women who do plastic surgery stays the same, not for me! I personally don’t care for it! Done end of story! [sic]”
Beckford has previously been romantically linked to a number of female celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik.
He is also rumoured to have married his girlfriend, former Ralph Lauren model Berniece Julien, earlier this year, however, the status of their current relationship is unclear and is steeped in speculation.