The Kardashian Witch-Hunt Needs to End
The name Kardashian has a certain stigma attached to it, that tends to incite hatred and a lack of respect.
The common perception of the Kardashians is that they are fake and undeserving of their wealth. However, the very same people that are voicing these opinions are feminists and #BeKind advocates.
Whilst the Kardashian family have had a head start in their success by already being rich, they have not become who they are today with no effort. They have marketed on their image and identity as fashion and beauty influencers, to create a multi-million dollar brand.
They have gone from reality TV stars to models, business owners, and guests at the coveted MET Gala. Kim Kardashian has even become a trainee lawyer and spoken at the White House on issues surrounding criminal reformation.
To argue that these women do not deserve their success and wealth, because of what they do to earn that money is entirely unfair. Just because they earnt their money from photoshoots, appearances and beauty lines, does not make it any less impressive. These women juggle a multitude of products, businesses and commitments, all whilst having their every move in the spotlight. One may say that this is their own doing, yet who was to know that they would become so famous? It is not as if Kim Kardashian could decide tomorrow to no longer be in the spotlight and lead an ordinary life.
Why is it that we cannot show these businesswomen respect, yet we can respect the CEOs of more ‘appropriate’ companies? Do the Kardashians work any less hard than someone like Mark Zuckerberg?
My belief is that the hatred of the Kardashians and other fashion influencers stems from deep routed jealousy, that someone can be insanely wealthy from doing desirable things such as promoting fashion brands or posting on social media. The fact is, that if most people had the opportunities that the Kardashians have had, they would not turn them down.
These women have the power and influence to make real change, which has been shown by Kim’s recent prison reform project, where she has had the ability to grant clemency people like Alice Johnson, who was wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment.
These women would not have the ability to influence such change if they led ordinary lives.
There seems to be this unspoken rule, that hurtful comments do not affect high profile celebrities and millionaires, due to their privilege. These women are humans and do not deserve the criticism that they face, because of the stigma that their family name has.
It is claimed that the Kardashians are harmful to their impressionable followers because they have had surgery and have altered the way they look. Instead of blaming these women, perhaps realise that they are also victims of the feeling that you should look a certain way. You would not call out your friend for having that nose job to cure years of insecurity, so why do you post comments online berating fashion influencers for doing the same?
Yes, the Kardashians are not innocent of mistakes or being the subject of a scandal. However, they are human. They have made mistakes due to naivety or misjudgement, such as when Kim named her shapewear company Kimono, which received backlash due to claims that it was appropriating Japenese culture. She did not do this to be racist or hurtful to the Japenese people, she just did not think about the implications that name could have. Have you not made mistakes in your life due to poor judgment?
You cannot be an advocate for kindness if you disrespect these women because you think their success is unjustified. Whilst these women may not be someone you admire, this does not mean you have the right to chastise them.
Next time you make a negative comment about the Kardashians, ask yourself if you would really turn down wealth and privilege if it was offered to you.