Kim Kardashian has gloriously failed to read the room
Kim Kardashian has unfortunately failed to read the room.
The room in question is filled with people who haven't been able to safely leave it since March, and the unfortunateness has been borne out of Kim Kardashian going on a lovely holiday in the middle of a pandemic.
And posting about it on Twitter.
The event in question occurred to mark the reality TV star's 40th birthday, in which she spent some quality time with her friends and family members (otherwise known as her inner circle). On a private island. To pretend things were normal.
"After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time," she wrote on Twitter.
There are a couple of things to note here. The first is that spending your 40th on a private island is, unfortunately, not "normal."
The second is that detailing the event on Twitter (of all places!) is undeniably going to lead to an intense and pointed backlash that is, in this case, deserved.
Aside from the apparent health screenings and the request that everyone who attended the private island "quarantine" (for how long, we may never truly know), posting about your cool, fun, expensive trip with your friends in the middle of a pandemic that has left people unemployed, isolated, and depressed is, unsurprisingly, Not The One.
Good for you. I lost four months of pay, still tied up with unemployment and have seen a significant drop in future earnings.
I’m helping my daughters with childcare and virtual school for my granddaughter. Still haven’t gotten my 2019 tax return.
Glad you had fun.
— Bathroom Ceiling Fresco (@MariaKChica) October 27, 2020
Naturally, people have been essentially tearing into the post since it was first shared. A quick search of the words "closest inner circle"on Twitter should suffice.
After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. pic.twitter.com/59rjymideI
— Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2) October 28, 2020
Look, it's far too late for this, but: after 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. pic.twitter.com/3700Rei004
— Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm) October 28, 2020
You know what would have felt normal for me, Kim? Not having to say goodbye to my mother over FaceTime as she was dying of COVID. Not hearing her ashes be interred over the goddamned phone so I wouldn't put my dad and sister at risk. Rubbing in this our faces is cruel & clueless.
— Kat Kinsman (@kittenwithawhip) October 27, 2020
Are you that insensitive you don’t realise this is not what the majority of people during the worst covid spike yet want to hear? People are going to food banks not private islands.
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) October 27, 2020
"We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more," continued Kim.
"I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is."
Well, at least you're aware of it, girl.