Kim Kardashian: Reality Star. Snake Oil Salesman. Saint?

Kim Kardashian has always been a pretty divisive figure, but love her or hate her, there is no denying her influence – especially after the monumental meeting with President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, where she sought clemency for sixty-three-year-old great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, who was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison without parole on a nonviolent drug charge, despite it being her first offence.

And I get it, a lot of people hate the Kardashian supreme: she is famous for being famous, she has very little talent to speak of, and her style is stolen from everywhere, given the Kardashian branding session then repackaged as original – just like her husband’s clothing line (sorry Kayne, your clothes are shockingly un-original).

But look, it’s not helpful to critique someone who is finally using their significant influence to help someone genuinely in need; it is an admirable thing to do. Am I saying the Kardashian deserves sainthood or to even be perceived differently? No, but she shouldn’t be criticised when doing a genuinely good thing.

Ultimately our critique of Kardashian removes our personal responsibility. Her position, her fame and status?

We have literally put her there. She just keeps giving us what we want, so should we really judge her? This is the future we have allowed happen, don’t blame Kim Kardashian – yes, she is a snake oil salesman, selling her overly produced life and her weight loss lollipops, but we must accept that we bought what she was selling. Kim’s throne was one built by us and to criticise her for finally using her influence for good is refusing to acknowledge our part in this world.

We live in an overly critical world. The mob rules, which at times can be a good thing. Calling out people for their inappropriate or awful behaviour is great, but that echo chamber of negative critique doesn’t seem to turn off.

I understand people’s critiques of Kardashian but to come for her when she is doing a good thing is pointless. I know some people say it’s a PR stunt and she’s using Alice Marie Johnson to give her brand a charitable makeover, but honestly: so what?

The Ancient philosopher Epicurus said that all humans live to maximise pleasure. He believed that we don’t perform acts of altruism or virtue for moral reasons, but because of self-satisfaction. Simply put, all good deeds are selfish.

While we are oh-so-quick to throw stones at the likes of Kim Kardashian, let me ask you: what have you done recently for someone else? To this I’m sure many of you might argue that someone given so many privileges in the world should give back more than a “normal” person, but what is “normal”? We in West enjoy a far more privileged live than most in the world, yet we rarely go out of our way to help others; rather refusing to acknowledge our own privilege and blaming those who suffer for their own misfortune.

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We live in a world that is so quick to criticise and so slow to praise, but ultimately in the case of Alice Marie Johnson the end justifies the means. And yes, that includes Kim K meeting with Donald Trump.

We all know that Trump is a ridiculous clown of a human being and a terrifyingly dangerous president but in order to free Johnson, Kim had to meet with Trump, end of story. Sometimes in order to accomplish something as impressive as gaining clemency for a victim of injustice you have to dance with the devil, and I can wholeheartedly say in this situation Kim Kardashian earned my respect.

Alice Marie Johnson now sits at home a free woman and this is the pivotal detail of this story. The injustice has been corrected, thanks to Kim Kardashian and sure – that’s something I didn’t ever think I would write, but here we are.

So, next time you jump to criticism and negativity perhaps consider if you may be directing it at an undeserving target and save it for those who warrant it.

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