Oh Kim Kardashian… no other celebrity currently alive attracts so much criticism and hate. Some of it legitimate or at the very least with positive intentions (e.g. Chloë Moretz), but a lot of it is mostly of the incredibly hateful and distasteful kind.
It’s ok if you dislike her or dislike what she stands for or whatever (disliking her for allegedly being a ‘whore’ and for shamelessly ‘exposing’ her body is another topic for another day). I’ve learned myself that you can’t please or be liked by everyone.
Where I have drawn the line however is the mocking and jokes aimed at her because she was a victim of crime. Honestly, what has she done exactly to deserve to be robbed at gunpoint? I dislike a lot of people in my community, but would i laugh at them and mock them if they were a victim of crime?
Do i like James Corden as a host, a comedian and an entertainer? Not really. I find him incredibly unfunny. Would i make jokes and almost celebrate if he was a victim of a violent crime? No. I also could not agree more with this tweet he posted which criticises many of the hateful comments on social media about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West:
That’s a very important point that a lot of angry irrational people on the internet tend to ignore. Kim Kardashian no matter how big of a celebrity is a human being (a human being that i have never met). What happened to Kim Kardashian could have happened to anyone – my sister, my mother, my friends or even someone i like at work. Believe it or not, people other than celebrities can be potential victims of armed robberies, muggings and violent assaults. Not long ago a woman was subject to a violent armed robbery at an ATM machine and as a result needed to be taken to hospital. That could happen to anyone around the world.
To all the men – How would you feel if some guys in baraclavas burst through your door, threatened to kill your wife / girlfriend and kids, tied them up and robbed them while you was at work? How would you react? I can’t even imagine the thoughts going on in Kanye’s head when he found out what happened. In the middle of a concert too. I am currently single myself, but if i had a girlfriend or a wife i would travel to the other side of the world to support them. I would be incredibly upset. I would definitely abandon a room full of rabid and crazy fans to get to the scene.
The Washington Post rightly states that the reaction by many has been “unkind”, though avoids outright condemnation of these actions of these people by stating “But that’s not because people don’t have empathy for a woman, a mother, a wife. They just don’t have empathy for a hollow brand”. By mocking and almost celebrating the fact that a woman, a mother and a wife (who has clearly done nothing with the intention of huting anyone) has been robbed they are clearly showing a lack of empathy.
It’s a situation that reminds me of the lack of compassion shown and condemnation of the theft of personal nude images of female celebrities that happened during the so called “Fappening”; social media treating the situation as some sort of joke and like celebrities somehow don’t have feelings or emotions. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence who openly condemned the perpetrators of the crime whilst witnessing mocking, accusations of a ‘publicity stunt’, jokes, support of the perpetrator and the usual “you deserved it” comments on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, 4Chan and Reddit:
“It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change,” she said. “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.” – Jennifer Lawrence
Whlist I am aware that there is always the danger of treating celebries as people that somehow matter more than a non-famous member of the public, the internet needs to realise that famous people are human beings too.