The famous socialite and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West has been mocked after posting on her social media accounts that she spent her 40th birthday on a private island with a group of friends and family.
The reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians star posted a collection of photos and expressed that she was humbly reminded of how privileged her life was.
She also said she asked everyone to self-quarantine and undergo multiple health checks two weeks before the trip.
The reactions were diverse. Many fans of Kim Kardashian praised her sincerity and sent her birthday congratulatory messages.
However, others said that trip was insensitive and disrespectful to families separated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
One user commented on the post of Kim Kardashian telling: “This is so grotesque. The rich can pretend to be normal on a private island. Actual normal people are canceling their Thanksgiving and Christmas”.
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
Peter Frampton, a British musician, was also upset at the famous woman’s post.
“Are you that insensitive you don’t realize 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,” commented the musician.
The coronavirus has killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide and has wreaked havoc on the economies of countless countries.
The United States registers worrying numbers of job losses and people claiming unemployment benefits this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kim acknowledged the severity of the disease in her posts.
“Before Covid, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment,” said the star. But many internet users have made fun of her and accused her of being “tone deaf”.
Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment. pic.twitter.com/lhzLIdutlZ
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 27, 2020
Kardashian West posted: “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”.
Her followers responded with laughter, mockery, and memes.
Journalists, comedians, authors, and even the Museum of Modern Art in New York got involved.
Writer Jenna Quigley said through her social networks: “Cool, people have had to say goodbye to loved ones over the phone while they died alone in a hospital. But neat trip to post all over social media while the world suffers. So humble and so down to earth, truly”.
Eve Barlow, a music journalist, said: “For Kim Kardashian, having enough money to do everything she wants doesn’t suffice. She has to tell everyone”.
However, British reality TV star Holly Hagan defended Kim Kardashian West by writing in a tweet: “If I could afford to fly my friends and family to a private island right now I would. And I bet you all would too”.