Kim Kardashian apologises for "get your ass up and work" comment
"It wasn't a blanket statement towards women... it was taken out of context."
Kim Kardashian has finally addressed the controversy surrounding her recent advice for women in business.
Earlier this month, in an interview with Variety, Kim said: "I have the best advice for women in business. Get your fucking ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days."
Her "advice" was met with serious backlash online, with many people referring to it as "tone-deaf", "offensive", and coming from a place of privilege.
Now, appearing on Monday's Good Morning America, the 41-year-old apologised for any offence she may have caused, adding that what she said was "taken out of context".
EXCLUSIVE: Kim Kardashian responds to backlash over women in business comments: “It wasn't a blanket statement towards women … it was taken out of context, but I’m really sorry if it was received that way.”@robinrobertshttps://t.co/kWY5S6eOU4 pic.twitter.com/C15OoEIJz2
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 28, 2022
"Well, that statement that I said was without questions and conversation around it," the reality star said. "It became a sound bite really with no context."
Kim explained how the previous question had asked for her response to something she finds thrown at her regularly, even after 20 years in business - that she and her sisters are simply "famous for being famous".
She said after that, her "whole tone and attitude" changed when she was asked the next question - which was about her advice for women in business.
Clarifying what she had meant by her original comments, she said: "The advice I would give is just that... Having a social media presence and being on a reality show does not mean overnight success. You have to really work hard to get there even if it might seem like it's easy.
"It wasn't a blanket statement towards women or to feel like I don't respect the work or think that they don't work hard. I know that they do. It was taken out of context, but I'm really sorry if it was received that way."