By Olivia Rooney
News broke earlier this month that socialite and reality TV star, Kim Kardashian-West, was robbed at gun-point in a luxury Paris residence in which she was staying for Paris Fashion Week.
The mother of two young children had been snap-chatting her night out in Paris, where the festivities ended with snaps of her in the room where she was robbed. Two men dressed as police forced entry into the residence and demanded the security guards to lead them to Kardashian’s room. It was here they put a gun to her head and robbed jewellery worth around €6m, including a €4m diamond ring. A spokesperson for the Keeping up with the Kardashians star said she was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” in the incident. She swiftly flew back stateside to be met by husband Kanye West. West, who was in concert at the time of the robbery, stopped his show upon hearing the news stating “I’m sorry, family emergency I’ve got to stop the show,” followed by a crowd of “boo’s”.
Reaction to the incident has been mixed. Many of Kardashian’s fans have sent her well-wishes via social media. However, there has been a darker side. Many tweets, Facebook and Instagram comments have poked fun at the reality star; with others saying she deserved what happened to her for showing off her extreme wealth. Kardashian is no stranger to social media platforms, as well as having her own app, constantly sharing updates of her location, extravagant gifts as well as expensive jewellery and clothing. However, one look at her Instagram or Snapchat you will see what a big part her children North, 3 and Saint, 9 months play in her life; she is first and foremost a mother. Reports say that the children were not in the room at the time of the robbery.
Are Kardashian’s critics and the public making light of this crime? Are they ignorant of the human effect on the woman, and the security staff, who were both tied up while the perpetrators escaped, and instead focusing on her celebrity status as something deserving of such a crime? There has been extreme victim blaming in this crime because the star has an accessible relationship with fans. However, some famous faces have come to her defence, with the likes of James Corden tweeting, “People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up.”
We then have to ask ourselves; has today’s modern way of celebrities providing access to their lives via social media made them more vulnerable to such awful crimes? Has this access normalised people into feeling no sympathy for a mother who was robbed just because she is wealthy and posts images of this self-made fortune? Kanye was also criticised for stopping his show; however, if this were another husband in an office job for example, would he be criticised for going home early from work? Due to the couple’s celebrity status they seem to have transcended sympathy.
Although, it is possible that Kardashian was an easier target by sharing locations and by updating her activities live. In a recent episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, younger sister Kylie was scolded by other family members for having her location on her social media, as she had a stalker.
Ultimately, this popular figure has landed home safely, reunited with family and physically unharmed. However, her everyday life may be changed indefinitely as she comes to terms with this crime, and how to better protect herself and her family: this is something no human being should have to go through regardless of wealth.
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