Kim Kardashian Let Us into Her World & We Royally Screwed Her Over

kim kardashianThe fact that Kim Kardashian was bound, gagged, and robbed at gunpoint is horrifying enough, but what's also horrifying (albeit in a very different way) is how the world is reacting to this violent crime. Far, far too many critical comments have been posted on social media or given to the press since the theft (in which millions of dollars in jewels were stolen from Kim's Paris hotel room): Some people say that it was Kim's fault for flaunting her wealth. Others insist she had it coming (or staged the whole thing). Still others are making vile cracks about wishing Kim had indeed been raped or shot (as she feared she would be). It's no secret that Kim Kardashian has her share of haters, but this? When did it become anywhere close to OK to treat anyone -- celebrity or not -- with such heartless disregard?

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Of course, Kim does have plenty of supporters right now, too, many of whom have come to her defense against the endless stream of jaw-droppingly cruel posts and comments. Jamie Lee Curtis did her part to hush the hate with this very true tweet:

James Corden made a similar plea for human decency. He forgot to add the actual word "human," but still we think his heart was in the right place.

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Salma Hayek, in an interview with the Associated Press, called the robbery "horrific" -- even Piers Morgan (who has criticized Kim in the past) expressed his sympathy:

But perhaps it was Kim's close friend Chrissy Teigen who put it best with a series of tweets contemplating the bizarre nature of fame and how our society's obsession with celebrity seems to be warping our perception and expectations for acceptable behavior.

"Some s**t just isn't funny. I see you trying, but it isn't," she tweeted on Sunday night.

"Fame is interesting. Celebs are supposed to love you guys while also knowing you'd make a meme of our dead bodies to get retweets."

Naturally, Teigen's tweets were met with -- surprise! -- criticism, which the model and mom responded to with typical candor. She tweeted:

I dunno. It's hard to explain because everyone thinks money and fame is pure awesome, so it just sounds whiny. I get it, trust me. Go off. It is just a weird little world that I cannot expect anyone to get. I know it seems super awesome and laughable. I know. I myself think it is bonkers.

No one is begging you for sympathy. I know the game plan is to naturally hate celebrities. Please do not think that I think celebrities are special snowflakes. I just miss empathy, in general, for everyone.

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Interestingly (and perhaps tellingly), Teigen made her Twitter account private Wednesday, with her final message telling fans that she's "not strong enough."

"It's not haters or trolls or generally mean people. I just feel like I am absorbing bad s--t 24/7. My body and mind cannot handle it anymore," she posted.

Understandable. But it's a shame, because her insights will be missed -- like the above post about empathy. YES. Don't we all miss empathy, in general, for everyone? We're too quick, in this world, to decide that certain people aren't deserving of empathy: Famous people. Refugees. Poor people. Women. People of color. Victims of police brutality. Police. Democrats. Republicans. Basically, anybody who's different from us. And when it comes down to it, people hate celebrities because they're different from the rest of us -- well, that and because they have way more money and everything else than the rest of us. So people don't just hate them because they're different -- they hate them because they're different AND because they resent their privilege, which somehow makes all that hate justifiable ... except it doesn't.

Look, like Chrissy Teigen, I get it. Times are really, really tough right now for many, many people. I understand the inclination some have to say, "Who cares about some pampered celebrity's jewelry getting ripped off when people are starving and getting shot and living on the streets?" But the point is, we're supposed to be reacting with compassion when bad things happen to EVERYBODY and ANYBODY.

And we should especially be reacting with compassion to Kim, who has given us the privilege of letting us into her world. Sure, that relationship is symbiotic (the reality star has built an empire around her social media savvy!) -- but we cannot pick and choose when we want to consider her a friend and when we want to capitalize on her pain to make ourselves feel more important. That is very Mean Girls of us. And we should know better.

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We simply don't get to judge whether someone "deserves" to get robbed at gunpoint because she has millions of dollars and takes naked selfies. We don't own celebrities just because we know (or think we know) all the intimate details of their lives. We don't get to decide if what happens to them is OK or not based on that supposed knowledge. 

Yes, celebrity is weird and the boundaries are fuzzy ... but really, they're not. Because celebrities are human beings, and all they "deserve" is to be treated as such.

The problem is, we don't really know how to treat human beings at all, do we? And that isn't Kim Kardashian or any other celebrity's fault. That's everyone's fault.

 

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