Kim Kardashian has come under fire for her comments urging women to “lift your damn ass and get to work.” In a Variety profile published this week, Kim and her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, along with their mother Kris Jenner, discussed their business empire, the criticism they’ve faced over the years, and more. But a piece of advice from Kim Kardashian pitted social media users against the 41-year-old billionaire businesswoman and reality TV star.
“I have the best advice for women in business,” Kim said. “Get up and go to work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days.”
The comments were made as part of a larger conversation about how the Kardashian sisters are considered famous for no good reason. Kim, who took offense at this perception, said: “We’re focusing on the positive. We’re working our way up. If that’s what you’re thinking, sorry. We just don’t have the energy for that. We don’t have to sing or dance or acting; we’re going to live our lives – and hey, we made it. I don’t know what to tell you.”
Many on social media criticized Kim Kardashian for suggesting that people who weren’t as successful as her simply weren’t working hard enough. Several people also pointed out that the comment was especially tone-deaf and offensive when it came from a woman born into wealth and privilege.
“I think if you grew up in Beverly Hills with super successful parents in what was just a smaller mansion… nobody needs to hear your opinion on success/work ethic,” wrote actress Jameela Jamil.
I guess if you grew up in Beverly Hills with super successful parents in what was just a smaller townhouse… no one needs to hear your opinion on success/work ethic. That same 24-hour shit is a nightmare. 99.9% of the world grew up with a VERY different 24 hours. https://t.co/tvafFIyk92
— Jameela Jamil ???? (@jameelajamil) March 9, 2022
“Celebrities like to imply that people who aren’t rich just don’t work at all,” wrote one Twitter user.
celebrities like to imply that people who aren’t rich just don’t work at all… https://t.co/jelohXg1K6
— Cozce (@cozcemusic) March 11, 2022
Kim Kardashian was criticized by many on the microblogging platform, who felt her advice failed to take into account the struggles of those not born into privilege.
Every woman should be offended by #Kim Kardashian† I’m sorry my dad couldn’t invest millions in my dream like your dad did for your boutique. Sorry I didn’t come from a privileged family that lived in Beverly Hills. Millions of hardworking women Let’s be clear here! https://t.co/FuNo7iTYZJ
— Trainer Nesi, Elite Fitness Trainer (@SherryAmor12) March 10, 2022
Kim K is one of the hardest working people out there, but hard work is not a good predictor of success in business. For every success story there are 100 other people who have 2 jobs and live paycheck to paycheck.
— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) March 9, 2022
Several former employees of the Kardashian-Jenner family also joined the conversation, saying the family’s words didn’t match their actions.
The time I worked for Kendall Jenner as an “Assistant” I was broke, tired and on the edge of the sewer, I remember she wanted me to get her bag that was all the way to Milan and I had to pay for my run out of my own money just for her to go to a restaurant ???? https://t.co/2kVgzdCVzK
— Klair-O-Spinach (@ClairoSpinach) March 11, 2022
I was editor of the Kardashian apps in 2015 in LA, worked days, nights and weekends, could only pay for groceries from the 99 Cents Only Store, called “sick” more than once because I couldn’t get gas in my car to the office, and got a reprimand for freelancing on the side ❤️ https://t.co/mzvnTomjS3
— Jessica DeFino (@jessicadefino_) March 9, 2022
Kim Kardashian officially became a billionaire last year, according to an estimate by Forbes. Her money comes from TV revenue and endorsement deals, as well as from her two lifestyle brands, according to the magazine.
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