It’s Ridiculous That People Are Saying Kim Kardashian Deserved To Be Held at Gunpoint0 Comments

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Posted on 03 Oct 2016 at 1:07pm

Late last night, multiple men dressed as police officers showed up at the private residence where Kim Kardashian West was staying for Paris Fashion Week, pointed guns at her, and tied her up in the bathroom. The intruders then stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry, but that’s somewhat beside the point: Kim could have died.

And yet, some Internet commenters are implying that the ordeal is Kim’s fault for having the jewelry with her in the first place. To those people, I say, Get over yourself.

Statements like “That’s what you get for having that much money with you” or “This wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t flaunt her wealth so much” are ridiculous things to say, or write, or think. You don’t have Kim’s money—and if you did, who knows how you’d spend it? Or how much you’d travel with? Lottery winners routinely end up broke, alone, and depressed. The average person is, actually, probably ill-equipped to handle millions of dollars. Kim, vapid as many call her, hasn’t squandered the fortune her family gave her. She’s increased it a few times over and landed on the cover of Forbes for her business acumen. I’m not saying she’s the next financial genius, but she was probably carrying jewelry with her for a reason (hello, fashion week), not because she’s “dumb.”

As for the “I’m not gonna feel bad for someone that famous/rich/fancy” argument, we can plainly see that the mere fact of having money didn’t protect Kim from a terrifying, possibly traumatizing situation. And money probably won’t be much of a comfort. Yes, Kim has a mostly #blessed existence free from hardship. Neither she nor her children nor her potential grandchildren will likely want for anything, ever. But money doesn’t buy happiness (that’s a myth created by corporations to get you to buy stuff!). All of the Kardashian Jenner Wests will have good days and bad days, ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, just like you. And Kim just had one of the worst days imaginable (again, there was a gun in her face). Do people really think she’s in Calabasas somewhere sunning herself on a roof deck laughing at how she thought she’d never see her children again, but it’s NBD because she can afford a Bentley?

To say that Kim is shielded from her trauma because of her privilege or to imply that her trauma is a direct result of her privilege is victim blaming, plain and simple. It’s in line with the thinking that Jennifer Lawrence’s nudes were leaked because she dared have a body or that Gigi Hadid shouldn’t have elbowed her attacker in the face (the same guy who went after Kim days later, by the way) because she’s in the public eye, therefore somehow owes the public her body. It’s disgusting, and it’s insensitive.

The thing is, those commenters likely don’t even mean it. I doubt they really think it’s her fault or that she’ll easily get over this. They know better. They just don’t like Kim—and when something bad happened to her, they saw an opportunity to make a joke. If this happened to even your richest friend, you’d be beside yourself with worry, grief, and anger, right? So why is it OK for these commenters to check empathy, humility, and humanity at the door just because, for whatever reason, they don’t care for Kim?

Actually, it’s not OK. It’s not OK to only feel bad for your friends. The test of empathy is not, “Does it extend to you and yours?” but rather “Can it extend even to those you find unpleasant, unlikable, or abhorrent?” You’re not under any obligation to pay attention to Kim’s life—but if you are going to pay attention and click and read and comment, then have some decency and remember that she’s a human being. We should all try to be one, too.

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