What you have to say about Kim Kardashian’s attack says a lot about what you think about women.
If there’s one thing that Kim Kardashian consistently generates, it’s opinions.
She’s made headlines for just about everything you could imagine, from posing nude on the internet to speaking out against deniers of the Armenian Genocide. And whether you love her or hate her, we should all agree on the fact that celebrities don’t deserve to be attacked and/or assaulted just because they’re rich and famous.
If you spent more than a few seconds on Twitter this week, you probably saw some of the gross junk people are posting in the the wake of Kim Kardashian being attacked and robbed in Paris on Sunday.
Terrible news! It seems Kim Kardashian was tied up, held at gunpoint and robbed. Unfortunately, she’s alive and well.
— Glenn Davis (@GlennD71) October 3, 2016
Honestly, “found bound and gagged” sounds like a typical Monday for Kim Kardashian, no?
— #Evil™ (@Evil_2e) October 3, 2016
50 bucks Kim Kardashian was held up at gunpoint by the same people that robbed Ryan Lochte
— Ryan Broems (@ryanbroems) October 3, 2016
According to French police reports, the thieves who invaded the apartment Kim Kardashian was staying in in Paris posed as cops to gain entrance before making out with upwards of $11 million in stolen goods. While they rifled through her valuables, she was tied up at gunpoint and gagged in her bathroom.
So naturally everyone on the internet had to be super gross.
Some were content to pretend like she isn’t even a real person and straight up troll her for undergoing a genuinely traumatizing experience.
Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint in Paris… Finally some good news on a Monday.
— Steve Allen (@Steve_Allen92) October 3, 2016
Imagine pulling a gun out on Kim Kardashian and NOT pulling the trigger. My dry ejaculate has more talent than her.
— AJ Morley (@AlexMorley1) October 3, 2016
Even a news article from the New York Times includes a healthy dollop of victim-blaming in its reporting.
‘Crucial details remained unclear on Monday, including why Ms Kardashian West was alone and why she was carrying such valuable jewelry,’ journalists Adam Nossiter and Elizabeth Paton wrote.
Because obviously if you’re wealthy and you’re robbed, well, you should’ve expected as much – right? It’s the same logic as telling rape victims they really shouldn’t have been wearing that short skirt and walking down that dark alley alone at night. It’s unclear as to whether women are required to be poor and constantly chaperoned, or if it’s just one of those two things that the Times condescendingly believes should be required of us, and it doesn’t really matter. It’s all complete garbage.
Nobody deserves to be the victim of a crime, particularly of a violent one. Kim Kardashian certainly doesn’t deserve to be at the business end of a gun because she had the audacity to be both rich and not constantly babysat by a man.
Being a celebrity does not mean that you deserve to get robbed. Being rich does not mean that you deserve to get robbed. Being alone does not mean you deserve to get robbed. Even if you believe the worst of her: that she’s vain, self-absorbed, spoiled, self-interested – none of these things mean she deserved to be bound, gagged and held at gunpoint while strangers robbed her.
All of the media attention focusing on whether or not she was secure enough, including news sources that question why she was carrying that much jewelry, are doing to Kim Kardashian what police do to rape victims on a daily basis: blaming them for the crimes they were subjected to in the first place.
And I’m guessing it’s happening for the same reason; we all want to believe that there’s something we can do to avoid the same treatment. We want to think that all we have to do is wear the right clothes or avoid the wrong places or make good choices and we can live our lives rape and assault free. We like to blame victims because we want to think we’d make better decisions; this gives us the illusion that being a victim of a crime is something we have control over.
Newsflash: that’s a myth. When I was sexually assaulted, I was at a party with friends, wearing jeans and a baggy T-shirt.
I leave you with this succinct and pointed helping of truth next time you consider mocking a woman who has been the victim of a crime:
KIM 👏 KARDASHIAN 👏 DID 👏 NOT 👏 DESERVE 👏 TO 👏 BE 👏 HELD 👏 HOSTAGE 👏 AND 👏 ROBBED 👏 AT 👏 GUNPOINT 👏 JUST 👏 BECAUSE 👏 YOU 👏 DONT 👏 LIKE 👏 HER
— Kardashian Reactions (@kardashhumor) October 3, 2016
Tweets via twitter.com, image via instagram.com.
Comment: What are your thoughts on people mocking Kim Kardashian’s attack this week?