If influencer and social media entrepreneur Kim Kardashian thought her 67.1 million followers would be happy to be able to celebrate her 40th birthday with close friends on a private island during the worst of the pandemic, she was dead wrong.
the keeping up with the Kardashians The star tweeted a series of scintillating photos of herself and her glamorous guests on Tuesday after reassuring her followers that – despite the worst COVID-19 spike in cases still in the pandemic – she was careful.
“After 2 weeks of multiple health tests and asking everyone to quarantine themselves, I surprised my closest entourage with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for one. brief moment, ”she wrote, following up on what amounted to a disclaimer.
“We danced, biked, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more,” she tweeted with photos of her birthday cake. “I realize that for most people this is something that is so out of reach right now, so at times like these I humbly remember how privileged my life is.”
Internet was not happy. Even veteran rocker Peter Frampton couldn’t bite his tongue, tweeting: “Are you so callous that you don’t realize that’s not what the majority of people during the worst covid spike yet want to hear?” People go to food banks and not to private islands. “
Others were less subtle, including Kat Kinsman, editor at Food and wine and the podcast host Common table, which summed up what many others were thinking. “Do you know what would have been normal for me, Kim?” Not having to say goodbye to my mom on FaceTime while she was dying of COVID, ”Kinsman tweeted. “Not to hear his ashes being buried on the fucking phone so as not to put my father and sister in danger.” Rubbing our faces is cruel and distraught.
Another poster tweeted a sarcastic greeting. “Good for you. I lost four months of salary, still linked to unemployment and saw a significant drop in my future income,” wrote one person tweeting under the pseudonym @MariaKChica: “I help my daughters to child care and virtual school for my granddaughter. I still haven’t received my 2019 tax return. Glad you had fun.
Writer Jenna Quigley also responded with a not-so-subtle dig. “Cool people had to say goodbye to their loved ones over the phone when they died alone in the hospital,” she wrote. “But have a good trip to post on social networks when the world is suffering. So humble and down to earth, really.
Many others, including Ronan Farrow, who stuck Kardashian’s words on Hieronymus Bosch’s portrayal of hell in The garden of earthly delights, have created their own memes meant to describe what those who really experience are in the real world.
Even New York’s Museum of Modern Art stepped in, tweeting his words about Henri Matisse Dance.
Kardashian has not commented on the backlash.
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