Kris Jenner Uses Racist Language to Describe Kris Humphries on 'GMA'

kris jenner about townThere are some phrases you just kind of assume everyone knows are off-limits, the equivalent of throwing an awkward! bomb into a conversation. When someone uses one of those phrases, everyone else kind of squirms, looks away, and there's that awful silent pause as everyone thinks, "Did she really say that???"

Kris Jenner laid one of those phrases down on Good Morning America. She was in to chat with Lauren Spencer about her new book, Kris Jenner ... And All Things Kardashian, but the conversation of course started with Kim Kardashian's big divorce news. Lauren asked about Kim keeping The Ring and Kris defended her daughter, saying, "I hate an Indian giver. It's a gift, you know." And then I spit out my coffee. Did she really say that???

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Indian giver, as in those people Europeans nearly killed off with their smallpox-filled blankets. Indian as in the people where were rounded up, driven off their ancestral lands, and plunked into reservations. "Indian giver" is such an old phrase, a lot of people don't even realize how racist it is. But it comes from European settlers who mistook bartered good for gifts. "Oh, you wanted something in return for those pheasants and furs?" It's the kind of phrase wealthy, entitled people use against poorer people.

I'm not saying Kris Jenner is a racist. Obviously she has welcomed people of color into her life (especially hot male people of color). But "Indian giver" is just plain mean. And it doesn't sound very flattering coming out of Kris Jenner's mouth.

Couldn't she have just said "it was a gift" and left it at that? Did she have to slam Kris Humphries, too? I mean, keep the dang ring. I don't have a problem with that. But geez Louise, ditch the racial slurs, okay?

Do you think the phrase "Indian giver" is offensive?

 

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