Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll be aware that celebutante Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint on the morning of Monday 3rd October.
In the early hours, five armed men broke into her apartment in Paris, held a gun to her head and made her show them where she kept her jewelry. They then tied her up and locked her in the bathroom. They successfully stole 8 million of jewels from her. She has stated she was frightened for her life and terrified she’d be raped.
She is a human being, a mother of two and a woman. Before any of the other things she is, before her career and her past and her craving for fame. Love her or loathe her, she’s just another one of us. Another person trying to make it in the world.
Twitter can be relied on to bring the human reaction to every bit of news ever, as it happens. So I’m going to be looking at some of those reactions.
#KimKardashian get what she deserved? Based off the recent robbery she encountered”
No!?!???! Of course she didn’t “get what she deserved”, for fuck’s sake. Whatever you think of her career, whatever you think of her as a person, she is a woman and a mother and nobody “deserves” that. She’s not evil, she’s not bombing villages or charging AIDS patients millions for treatment. She’s just a woman who happens to be making a career out of being sexy and going to parties. So no, she absolutely does NOT deserve this. And it’s sick to suggest it.
The guys who robbed
#KimKardashian probably worked harder for their millions than she ever did for hers.”
Regardless of how she earned her money, that doesn’t mean we should respect the people who stole from her. Her career has spanned many years now and,in the era of social media dominating, she is a social media celebrity who has some how turned that into a multi million dollar empire. Her parent’s money certainly helped, but unless you think everyone who’s been supported by their parents is worth robbing, that’s a really unfair comment to make.
You know what, don’t ever take your laptop on holiday. Or your ipad. Or your phone. Or any designer clothes, any flash watch. In fact, only travel with the bare minimum stuff you don’t care if you lose.
It’s unreasonable. I take my iPhone on holiday and I would be devastated if it was stolen. Sure, I could get a cheap disposable phone for my travels, but I don’t want to. I deserve to be safe and not be robbed.
Some people have more than us. Some people have less. You travel with what you travel with. You don’t deserve to be robbed just because you have more than most.
People get held at gunpoint everyday but the attention is all on someone who is well known because of this. Ridiculous.
Of course… people die of cancer every day but we don’t all know the nice teacher who died of cancer, we all know Alan Rickman. That’s the nature of news.
It’s always terrible when someone’s robbed at gunpoint, it’s always awful. But it’s natural that somebody the world recognises gets talked about more.
We can’t talk about every single tragedy, every single crime. But we can use the famous ones as a focal point to bring awareness to a wider issue.
Of course, a woman is assaulted and attacked and it has to be fake. Because that literally NEVER happens. The culture that assumes female victims of male crimes are lying is, quite frankly, repulsive. And constant. For all crimes. I’ve talked about the way people respond to rape claims before, and this is just the same. It’s more likely a woman made it up than men did the crime itself. And I’m sick of it.
No, sadly you’re not the only one who thinks it’s funny. A lot of people think it’s funny. Or fake. Or annoying.
Sure, she’s not my cup of tea. I’m not a fan. I don’t follow her twitter or instagram, I don’t look out for her latest nude selfie, I think her husband is obnoxious and I just don’t get the obsession. But that doesn’t mean I find her pain funny. It doesn’t mean someone being terrified, attacked and robbed is entertaining.
This will impact her entire life now. This is one of those intense traumatic events that leaves psychological scars that might never heal. It is not funny. Be uninterested, sure, but don’t laugh at this abuse. It is not a joke.
As always I will state that I was not there, I do not know what happened, and I can’t say whether this was or was not real. What I can say is that working on the assumption this was real, it is not a joke. It is not something she deserved. It is not a suitable punishment. Yes she was famous, and she made a career out of being photographed in expensive clothes in posh places. But no, she did not deserve this and the pattern of victim blaming that makes people say it was her own fault and she deserved it is sickening. A woman is assaulted in what must be a terrifying ordeal and the only people who’s fault it is is those who did the attack.
Want to laugh at her pain? How dare you. If you get attacked and robbed and people with less than you laugh, I hope you feel shame for doing it to Kim Kardashian.
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