Kim Kardasian Problematic


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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 18: Kim Kardashian West of ‘The Justice Project’ speaks onstage during the 2020 Winter TCA Tour Day 12 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 18, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Elisee Okenge, Staff Writer

Many people know the show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” which came out in 2007 and has 20 seasons and over 280 episodes plus five specials. The show starts Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner, the parents of Kholé, Kim, Kourtney, and Rob Kardashian, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

No one can disagree with the fact that the Kardashian-Jenner family are definitely popular at the moment, and their popularity is likely not slowing down any time soon. As with most famous families, there’s a lot of drama and problems surrounded with the spotlight. The Kardashian family has a long history of cultural appropriation and “race fishing” especially Kim Kardasian. 

In 2019, Kim Kardasian named her shapewear line Kimono which is a traditional Japanese garment. In that very same year Kim Kardasian was black fishing on the cover of 7 Hollywood magazines. She appeared with darkened skin and what looked like an afro.

In 2018, Kardasian had blond cornrows done and incorrectly called them “Bo Derek” braids on an Instagram post. That same year she wore cornrows to the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. It caused an uproar, especially in the black community. For a very long time black women were shamed for having braids, and Kim wore them without any consideration to black women.

That same week Kardasian posed in a traditional Indian headpiece, a “Maang Tikka,” which is worn only on special occasions. It caused an uproar in the Indian community because the headpiece holds special meaning to the Indian community.

Although Kardasian has been called out multiple times for her cultural appropriation and race fishing, she is rather nonchalant and tone deaf about her behavior. When she is called out she goes and posts a picture of one of her biracial kids. She thinks that because she was married to a black man and raising children of color, it gives her an exception to being culturally insensitive, but it doesn’t work that way. 

“Kim needs to realize that her behavior not only affects her but will also affect her children one day,” said junior Trinity Walker.